The Dodgers rode into New York on Monday evening and stole the city and the show with an impressive 8-2 win over the Yankees in the series opener. Rookie Jose De Leon tossed 5 effective innings to get the win and the offense provided plenty of support with Yasiel Puig and Justin Turner hitting bombs. What was most impressive was the large constituent of Dodger fans in the stands thanks to well known Dodger fan group Pantone 294.
I would like to personally give those guys thanks and a congratulations for a job well done. Dodger fans infiltrated the stadium everywhere making enemy territory seem less hostile for our beloved boys in blue. Those men and women are brave and courageous Dodger fans courageously going behind enemy lines to support the Dodgers. Here’s to you Pantone 294 and every other Dodger fan that made the trip to New York to cheer on the Dodgers. Let’s keep this up.
This series makes you wonder who these baby bombers are. The Yankees dumped veterans Aroldis Chapman, Andrew Miller, Ivan Nova at the trade deadline. They also forced notorious juicer Alex Rodriguez into retirement. The infusion of young talent is a big reason why the Yankees have climbed back into the playoff race. The Dodgers can’t take these next two games lightly.
Dodgers Lineup @ New York
Game Time – 4:10 PM – TV-SNLA
In the meantime the Dodgers will continue the series as another rookie takes the mound. Julio Urias made his MLB debut at Citi Field in New York against the Mets earlier this season. Now it’s possible he may be making his final start in New York against the Yankees. Everything has come full circle for the phenom as he arrives back in New York.
Urias has been great over the last several weeks. In the month of August the young hurler posted a 4-0 record with a 1.99 ERA in 3 starts and 5 appearances. Overall he is 5-2 with a 3.69 ERA. Urias has posted a 10.0 strikeout per nine rate and whiffed 76 in 68.1 innings of work. He’s allowed just 5 home runs and 26 walks. Urias has won five consecutive decisions and has not lost since June 12 against the Giants. This could be Urias’ final start of the season as he is approaching his innings limit. Everyone has an innings limit nowadays.
The Yankees will counter with veteran southpaw C.C. Sabathia. The 36-year old has battled multiple injuries and alcohol addiction. He’s definitely not the same pitcher he was years ago, but he can still throw it. Sabathia is 8-12 with a 4.27 ERA in 26 starts. Over 154 frames he’s whiffed 130 and walked 56. The former Cy Young winner used to be a workhorse pitching 200 or more innings every year. Now he’s limited due to injuries and age. Sabathia has made 2 career starts against the Dodgers and is 1-0 with a 1.20 ERA. Chase Utley and Howie Kendrick have had a lot of success against him.
Sabathia vs. Dodgers
The Dodgers jumble the lineup as usual and roll out the all-righty team again. Kendrick is leading-off and playing at third base because Justin Turner is the DH. Puig is batting cleanup and playing in left field, and automatic out Kike Hernandez is in center field. At least they have the sense this time to bat him seventh and not at the top of the lineup. Honestly I still have no clue what they see in him. He’s horrendous on both sides of the ball. Rob Segedin is in right field and Carlos Ruiz is behind the plate. I still don’t understand why the Dodgers have to roll out these lineups against left handers.
The Padres did us a solid by defeating the lifeless Giants last night. So that means the Dodger’s lead is back to 4 games and the magic number is an Andre Ethier 16.