Fresh off pounding the Cubs last night to take a 2-1 lead in the NLCS. The Dodgers will look to their youth tonight in a pivotal game 4. Julio Urias 5-2 3.39 ERA will take the mound and be opposed by veteran John Lackey 11-8 3.35 ERA.
Game time 508pm FSN 1
Tonight is a swing game to me. If the Dodgers take a 3-1 lead, then I feel we are World Series bound. If the Cubs win tonight they know we are headed back to Chicago. Also tonight’s result will determine whether Clayton Kershaw pitches or Kenta Maeda for game 5. As of this moment, Maeda is scheduled to go for game 5.
— Jon Morosi (@jonmorosi) October 19, 2016
Julio Urias (20.068) will be the youngest pitcher to start a postseason game, breaking the record held by…
Bret Saberhagen (20.175)
— Kurtis Seaboldt (@KSeaboldt) October 19, 2016
How has Urias fared against the Cubs batters.
So Contreras and Heyward got put into the lineup. The Cubs have done pretty good against Urias. This might be a bullpen game for the Dodgers. The umpires will be looking at Urias pickoff move.
The key will be to get ahead of hitters and be able to finish them off. Urias needs to focus on not walking batters and he might want to go to his curveball since the Cubs have a lot issues with it. In his first encounter at Wrigley Field on June 2, Urias was the losing pitcher after serving up six runs in five innings. It was only Urias’ second start in the majors. On Aug. 27 at Dodger Stadium, Urias struck out eight, gave up six hits and walked two in six innings to capture a win.
This season Lackey has relied primarily on his Fourseam Fastball (93mph) and Slider (84mph), also mixing in a Sinker (92mph), Curve (79mph) and Change (85mph). He likes to get people put wit his slider. How have the Dodgers done against Lackey.
Looks like Adrian Gonzalez and Justin Turner are really the only guys with any good results. It’s going to be up to them to apply the pressure to Lackey. Lackey in his career is 6-3 with a 1.75 ERA against the Dodgers. This will be the first time the Dodgers will see Lackey this year. I hope Urias displays his usual poise today and doesn’t let the Cubs bats wake up. The Dodgers and their underdog mentality have a chance to take control of this series.