The Tony Gonsolin/Tyler Anderson unofficial piggyback led the Dodgers to a fifth consecutive win last night. They combined to toss eight innings of one-run ball, allowing five hits and striking out six before giving way for Craig Kimbrel‘s first home save as a Dodger. The Dodgers look for the series win and a fifth consecutive victory tonight.
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Julio Urias gets the ball for the Dodgers tonight. In a surprising twist, he’s been the Dodger starter with the most concern around him so far in 2022. Urias had a noticeable velocity dip during Spring Training, and that carried into his first start of the season in Colorado.
Urias averaged 94 MPH on his fastball in his first start of 2021, so while this can at least partially be explained by the short Spring, his 91.4 MPH average on Sunday is still cause for concern. Unsurprisingly considering the velocity dip, Urias pitched poorly in that start on Sunday. He didn’t get any help from his defense and the wind, as Chris Taylor misplayed an inning-ending flyout leading to three unearned runs in the first inning. After a better second inning, Urias faced five batters in the third and allowed two walks, hit a batter, allowed a two-run dong and another RBI single to end his night.
Opposing Urias will be Hunter Greene. Greene went to Notre Dame High School in Sherman Oaks and was committed to UCLA but was drafted number two overall by Cincinnati in 2017. Greene is a former two-way player, but seems to have given up the hitting portion of the equation. Greene has been the Reds’ top prospect on MLB Pipeline in each of the last two years and was Pipeline’s number 22 prospect overall heading into this season.
Greene made his debut Sunday in Atlanta and got off to a great start against the defending champs. He struck out two batters in each of the first three innings before Atlanta started getting to him in the fourth. He allowed a run and two hits in the fourth inning, and allowed two solo homers in the fifth to give him three earned runs on his line in five innings.
Greene threw 56 fastballs Sunday and averaged 99.7 MPH on it. When batters made contact with it, it did get hit pretty hard (average exit velocity of 96 MPH).
Mookie Betts gets the day off today, with Trea Turner sliding up into the leadoff spot. Taylor starts in right, Gavin Lux in left, Max Muncy at second and Edwin Rios will serve as the DH. Jonathan India remains out of the lineup for the Reds after leaving the opener with a hamstring injury.
If the Dodgers are in a save situation today, don’t expect to hear “Sweet Child O’ Mine“.
A pretty solid entrance music choice for Kimbrel. He won’t be pitching in back-to-back games early on, despite only needing 13 pitches to wrap-up yesterdays game.
First pitch is scheduled for 7:10 PM PDT and will be back on Sportsnet LA.