Alex Young (1-1, 4.70 ERA) vs. Julio Urias (2-0, 3.67 ERA)
The Arizona Diamondbacks and Los Angeles Dodgers are scheduled to meet for three games this week at Dodger Stadium. The Dodgers are coming off a big weekend with a win of 7-4 and 7-2 on Saturday and Sunday. They woke up following a 6-2 loss on Friday. It was a lifeless performance from the Dodgers on Friday, but they certainly showed who the better team was over the next two days.
The Dodgers hold a comfortable advantage over the San Diego Padres in the NL West by 4.5 games. They are in possession of the best record in the National League with a mark of 26-10, which also gives them the best record in the major leagues. The New York Yankees are incredibly banged up right now, no surprise there as it seems to be a yearly tradition in the Bronx. That is giving the main stage to the Dodgers right now. They are the team to beat.
The Dodgers were relatively quiet at the trade deadline. Instead of acquiring a new arm for their rotation, they sent Ross Stripling to the Toronto Blue Jays. Stripling had been struggling for the Dodgers, and they decided to get something for him. He still isn’t a bad pitcher, so the Blue Jays might get something out of him. The way Tony Gonsolin has been pitching, the Dodgers didn’t feel the need to bring in another arm.
Gonsolin had been a spot starter up to this point, but he will assume more of a role in the rotation with Stripling in Toronto now. The Dodgers are hoping that Julio Urias can get back on track. He’s struggled in his last two starts, and was given an extra day off because of his poor start against the San Francisco Giants on August 25. Urias is back on the hill at home with the D-backs in town on Tuesday. Alex Young, who replaced Madison Bumgarner in the rotation, is expected to counter. Head below for our free Arizona Diamondbacks vs. LA Dodgers pick for September 1, 2020.
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The Dodgers are confident that the extra day off can help out the 24-year-old. He’s a much better pitcher than we saw against the Mariners and Giants. Urias was chased out of the game versus the Mariners after allowing 4 hits and 1 earned run on August 19.
He followed up a week later in San Francisco with a similar performance, though the Dodgers didn’t have a short leash this time. Urias went 4 innings and conceded 6 hits and 4 earned runs. The good news for Urias is that he was good in his first four games of the season.
Urias conceded just 6 earned runs through his first four starts. He was in great form, which included a nice outing versus the Diamondbacks at Chase Field on August 1. Urias gave up 2 earned runs across 6 innings of work.
If the Dodgers can get that out of Urias tonight they’ll be happy. Urias has been much better at home, so this should be a good spot for him to bounce back. He has a 2.35 ERA and 1.17 WHIP at home as opposed to a 5.40 ERA and 1.71 WHIP on the road. The D-backs have scored 4 runs on Urias in 37 at-bats.
Alex Young will make his fourth start after filling in for Bumgarner. He was used as a reliever before Bumgarner was put on the IL with a back strain. Young has given up 7 earned runs in 13.3 innings of work for a 4.73 ERA. He has not been reliable on the road, as Young owns a 5.91 ERA through 10.7 innings. Home runs have been a major issue for Young.
Having issues with the deep ball for a pitcher isn’t the best formula for going into Dodger Stadium. The Dodgers lead the majors with 1.89 home runs per game. Young has conceded a total of 7 home runs through 23 innings this season. I’m going to give Urias the benefit of the doubt tonight, and have confidence in him responding following a couple of rough showings on the road. I’m on the Dodgers in a 6-3 or 7-4 game.