Dodgers lost last night in another emotional roller coaster, walk off. Tonight they are sending Kenta Maeda to the mound and looking for their first win of the series.
For the past couple of days, Dodger fans began the Julio Urias hype. The prized pitching prospect struggled last night and did not make it out of the third inning. I think the biggest thing to take note of here is the fact that Urias is just 19! He has dominated AAA all season, but there is a huge difference between a AAA player and a major league player. There is no doubt that he struggled in his major league debut, but this is just the surface of his career. I do not know many pitchers with his talent at the age of 19 and quite frankly I think yesterday was just a whole lot of nerves. With time, Urias will live up to all the expectations. After all, he is still a teenager! That’s an incredible amount of pressure on a massive stage to put on a kid. With all of this being said, it was announced this morning that the Dodgers sent him back down to AAA. In sending Urias down the Dodgers also added Casey Fien to their roster and he is expected to be available out of the bullpen for tonight’s game.
Tonight the Dodgers will be sending Kenta Maeda to the mound. Maeda has a record of 3-3 with an ERA of 3.29 now. On May 11 Maeda pitched against the Mets and threw five innings and gave up four earned runs. In those five innings of work, he struck out three and walked two. What seems to be the most memorable about that start, is the fact that Thor AKA Noah Syndergaard homered off of him not just once, but twice. Dare I say that the most dangerous bat in the Mets lineup tonight against Maeda would be Syndergaard?
The Mets will be sending Syndergaard to the mound. He is coming into tonight’s game with a record of 5-2 and an ERA of 1.94. The hard throwing right hander has had a great season so far. When he pitched against the Dodgers on May 11 he threw eight innings, struck out six, walked one and allowed two earned runs. Syndergaard relies on five different pitches: a sinker, fourseam fastball, slider, curve and change. He mostly uses his sinker and fastball which have both been frequently clocked at 99 MPH.
Tonight’s lineup looks pretty similar to yesterday’s. Trayce Thompson however is getting a start, but this time in right field which would give Yasiel Puig the night off. Maeda is looking for a win and to come back from the game he pitched against them in which the Dodgers lost by a score of four to three.
First pitch is scheduled for 4:15 PM and tonight’s game will be shown on Fox