Dodgers look to bounce back after a loss to the Rockies last night as they send top prospect Julio Urias to the mound.
Last night the Dodgers found themselves on the wrong side of a one hitter. The offense went silent again and Mike Bolsinger struggled against the Rockies. Tyler Chatwood was able to keep the Dodgers bats completely out of the equation. He is arguable the best pitcher the Rockies have in their rotation.
Tonight the Dodgers are handing the ball to their top prospect who has been in the farm system for years now, Urias. Urias will be making his Dodger Stadium debut tonight. He is coming into tonight’s game with a record of 0-1 and an ERA of 9.39. Yes that is crazy high, but in the first two games Urias started, he faced the New York Mets and the Chicago Cubs. With those lineups and a nervous young rookie on the mound you had to figure there would be a few bumps along the way. Urias has proven his ability at every level and shined once getting his footing there. I think in due time he will do the same in the majors. In his first two starts, he struck out seven batters and walked five. In eight games at AAA Oklahoma City earlier this season, Urias’ ERA was just 1.10. He has a career ERA of 2.82 over the course of four seasons in the minors. He has the ability and the talent, he just needs to get settled here. I think with the home crowd and a Rockies lineup that has struggled on and off this season, we should see Urias start to get into a rhythm tonight.
The Rockies will be sending Eddie Butler to the mound tonight. Butler has a record of 2-3 and an ERA of 5.65 so far this season. The 25 year old, right handed pitcher is in his third year with the Rockies. In his eight starts this season or 36.2 innings of work, Butler has struck out 24 batters and walked six. Butler primarily relies on his sinker, fourseam fastball and slider according to Brooks Baseball.
About as normal as a Yasiel Puig-less lineup will get. Justin Turner is back hitting third with Chase Utley back in the lineup. Howie Kendrick gets the start in left over Enrique Hernandez and Scott Van Slyke, who primarily play against lefties.
First pitch is scheduled for 7:10 PM PST and will be shown on Sportsnet LA.