The event that everyone has been clamoring for is finally here. Top prospect Jose De Leon will be making his Dodger debut this afternoon. The 24-year old phenom’s contract was selected today and he will be taking the mound against the Padres in the series finale and rubber game of this three game series. The Dodgers were able to even the series on Saturday night thanks to a solid start from Rich Hill and a three-run bomb from Yasmani Grandal. That kept the Dodgers 2 games in front of the Giants as we race down the stretch. There are only 12 home games left in the season.
So how will the Dodgers reward De Leon this afternoon? By rolling out the all-righty scrub Sunday lineup. That means Kike Hernandez of course batting second in center field, Charlie Culberson playing at shortstop and Austin Barnes behind the plate. So no Corey Seager today, no Grandal, and no Joc Pederson. Why play your best players when you can play guys that can’t hit above the Mendoza line. Percentage baseball at its best guys. Oh and look who’s back in right field? You guessed it, Yasiel Puig.
Dodgers Lineup vs. San Diego
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Christian Friedrich-4-10 vs. Jose De Leon-0-0
Game Time – 1:10 PM – TV-SNLA
De Leon’s opponent will be left hander Christian Friedrich. The former first round pick is making his 19 start of the season. He’s 4-10 with a 4.84 ERA over 100.1 innings of work. He’s struck out 6.5 per nine and allowed 9.6 hits per nine innings pitched. The 29-year old has faced the Dodgers twice this season, losing once and getting a no-decision.
The Dodgers last saw him back on July 10th when he allowed three earned runs on 7 hits across 5 innings while striking out 7. Friedrich got off to a really hot start by posting a 1.65 ERA in April. Since then he’s been lackluster. He was 0-4 in August with a 5.19 ERA. Friedrich has made 2 starts and 12 career appearances against the Dodgers and is 0-1 with a 7.04 ERA.
Friedrich vs. Dodgers
De Leon is a 24-year old Puerto Rican that was drafted by the Dodgers in the 24th round of the 2013 draft. In his first season at Oklahoma City this year De Leon was 7-1 with a 2.61 ERA in 16 starts. De Leon was tearing up the Pacific Coast League. He struck out 111 and walked just 20 across 86.1 innings pitched. He’s posted an 11.6 strikeout per nine rate, and has struck out 12.1 over his 4 minor league seasons. De Leon is 6’2 and 190 pounds and attended Southern University in Baton Rouge. He just had a 13-strikeout performance in his last OKC start.
Some notes before the start of the game. The Padres have released shortstop Alexei Ramirez. Apparently the Padres didn’t want to pay the 4 million dollars for his 2017 vesting option. Ramirez was batting just .240 with 5 home runs and 41 runs batted in. Ramirez was posting a .605 OPS. In 444 plate appearances.
The Padres have released Alexei Ramirez.
— AJ Cassavell (@AJCassavell) September 4, 2016
Oh and Clayton Kershaw is coming back on Friday. Kershaw’s rehab start at Rancho went very well and he is slated to return and start against the Marlins in Miami on a strict pitch count. Oh and Clayton Kershaw is scheduled to return on Friday.
Guys Clayton Kershaw is scheduled to return on Friday! No sweeter words have ever been spoken.