Dodgers pitching prospect Julio Urias, center, hasn’t allowed a run in his last 27 innings at Triple-A Oklahoma City. (Getty Images)
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.
Urias might only make one start, Andrew Friedman says. Opinions are mixed as to how well his outing will go. Who is Julio Urias?
Dodgers center fielder Joc Pederson hits the wall after missing a ball hit by Jay Bruce in the 4th inning of the Dodgers’ 3-1 win. Bruce drove in a run but was thrown out trying to stretch a triple into a home run. (John McCoy/Staff photographer)
Three hits, an outstanding start by Scott Kazmir, and three scoreless innings by the bullpen were all the Dodgers needed to dispatch the Reds 3-1 on Wednesday, completing a three-game sweep.
The box score is here. The photo gallery is here.
Dave Roberts said he was “not angry at all” with Yasiel Puig, who did not start Wednesday’s game.
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:
Yasiel Puig was benched in the sixth inning of the Dodgers’ 8-2 win on Tuesday. (Keith Birmingham/Staff photographer)
Yasiel Puig is not in the Dodgers’ lineup against the Cincinnati Reds on Wednesday, one day after he was benched in the middle of an 8-2 win for not hustling out a hit in the sixth inning.
The decision to start Trayce Thompson in right field today was made before Puig was benched last night, manager Dave Roberts said.
Roberts said he believes Puig has already learned his lesson and no further discipline is necessary.
“We had a good conversation,” Roberts said. “He wants to be a better teammate. … He wants to get better.”
It’s just as notable that Thompson has now started 15 of a possible 17 games this month at all three outfield positions. More on him later. Here is the Dodgers’ full lineup against Reds right-hander Dan Straily:
Vin Scully hasn’t been part of an All-Star Game broadcast since 1989. (Keith Birmingham/Staff photographer)
Vin Scully recently turned down a formal offer to be part of Fox’s broadcast of the All-Star Game in San Diego in July, SportsIllustrated.com reported today.
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