Tonight marks the return of phenom Julio Urias as the Dodgers attempt to move into a first place tie with the Giants in the NL West. The Dodgers are coming off of an exciting 8-5 win over the Red Sox on Sunday afternoon. The Dodger bats torched David Price as Rob Segedin, Justin Turner, and Adrian Gonzalez led the way to a big series win. Against a lefty too!
Now Big Papi, Hanley and the rest of the Red Sox move on and the Phillies come into town for a three game series. Oddly enough this is the first time the Dodgers face the Phillies this season. I know weird scheduling right? Segedin is back in the lineup tonight batting eighth and playing left field. The Phillies are pretty bad as they sit in fourth place in the NL East. Urias will be facing a lineup full of rookies.
This is Urias’ first start since July 21 when he got lit up by Washington. Urias pitched three innings of relief last week at Denver and has only won one decision as a Dodger. Overall he is 1-2 with a 4.98 ERA in 9 starts.
He’s struck out 51 and walked 18 across 43.1 innings pitched. While he has great swing and miss stuff (10.7 K/9), he’s allowed 10.4 hits per nine and more hits (50) than innings pitched (43.1). It’s been a rocky debut for the talented youngster. This will be the last time everyone will get to use hashtags about being struck out by a teenager. Urias turns 20-years old on Friday.
Dodgers lineup vs. Philadelphia
Zach Eflin-3-4 vs. Julio Urias-1-2
Game Time – 7:10 PM – TV – SNLA
The Phillies will counter with 22-year old right hander Zach Eflin. The Orlando native was once a Dodger for about 20 minutes. The Dodgers acquired him from the Padres in the Matt Kemp/Yasmani Grandal trade. The Dodgers flipped him to the Phillies for veteran shortstop Jimmy Rollins. So did the Dodgers miss out on anything? To put it simply….nope.
Eflin is 3-4 with a 4.77 ERA in 10 starts. This includes only 31 strikeouts in 60.1 innings pitched. That means Eflin is whiffing only 4.7 per nine and allowing 9.0 hits per nine frames. Eflin is a control pitcher (15 walks) and has allowed 9 home runs and 35 earned runs in his 60 frames this season. He’s never faced the Dodgers and is 2-2 with a 5.19 ERA on the road this season.
The Dodgers have placed right hander Joe Blanton on the bereavement list and have recalled right hander Josh Ravin from Oklahoma City. If you remember Ravin broke his arm in a car crash during spring training and then tested positive for PEDs. He’s had quite a spring to say the least. We wish Blanton all the best and our thoughts go out to him and his family during a tough time.
(Update) The Marlins blew it and the Giants tied it up 5-5 in the 7th. Ughhhh!
(Update) Yes!!! The Marlins have retaken the lead 8-7 over the Giants in the eighth inning!
It’s all happening guys!!!!!