NEW YORK — In case you spent the last 24 hours living under a rock, Julio Urias is at Citi Field to make his major league debut tonight against the New York Mets. Here are the lineups for both teams:
For those of who you do not have access to SportsNet LA at home, this should come as welcome news: The Dodgers will play three non-blacked out games on ESPN in four days next week.
Sunday night in New York (5 p.m. PT), and Tuesday night and Wednesday night in Chicago (5 p.m.), are all national telecasts on the Worldwide Leader. The Sunday night telecast will feature Dan Shulman, Aaron Boone and Jessica Mendoza in the booth. The latter two feater Jon Sciambi, Rick Sutcliffe and Doug Glanville.
And, if Julio Urias is allowed to pitch five days from day, you can tune in to watch him pitch again Wednesday night.
For Julio Urias, baseball’s top pitching prospect, the future is now.
The Dodgers are expected to purchase Urias’ contract in advance of Friday’s game against the New York Mets. Left-hander Alex Wood was scratched with left triceps soreness and will start Monday’s game against the Chicago Cubs instead. Urias, 19, will become the youngest pitcher to start a game for the Dodgers since Dick Calmus 1963.
Urias has an active 27-inning scoreless streak for Triple-A Oklahoma City. The left-hander leads the Pacific Coast League in earned-run average (1.10) and was scheduled to start today in Fresno.
The Dodgers are flying New York today to begin a three-game series against the team that defeated them last October in a five-game division series.
Here’s what they were saying in the clubhouse after the game:
Rookie outfielder Trayce Thompson has started 15 of 17 games this month — 16 of 18 if you include his impending start Wednesday night against the Cincinnati Reds.
As recently as eight days ago, Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said he was not ready to make Thompson part of his everyday lineup. Now, it seems as if the jury has returned a verdict.
Thompson leads all Dodger hitters in home runs (6), RBIs (14), batting average (.315), on-base percentage (.393) and slugging percentage (.704) in May. His strikeout rate, once seen as Thompson’s biggest flaw as a hitter, is 16.4 percent this month — lower than that of Yasiel Puig, Adrian Gonzalez and Chase Utley, to name three teammates.
Here’s what Roberts said about Thompson today: