Dodgers pitcher Julio Urias adds to the history books on Tuesday night making his home debut in the middle game of a three-game series against the Rockies, and the first teenage pitcher at Dodger Stadium in 32 years.
Urias, at 19 years, 200 days old on Tuesday will be the first teenage pitcher at Dodger Stadium since Dwight Gooden on May 11, 1984. Dr. K in his rookie season shut out the Dodgers with 11 strikeouts in that affair, just starting to take the sport by storm.
Urias is the first Dodgers teenage pitcher since Fernando Valenzuela in September 1980. Valenzuela pitched 11⅔ scoreless innings in six relief appearances at Dodger Stadium in his first cup of coffee, and overall that first month had a 0.00 ERA in 17⅔ innings in relief, allowing only two unearned runs.
The last Dodgers teenage starter at Dodger Stadium was Dick Calmus on Aug. 23, 1963. There have been many visting teenage starters in between at Chavez Ravine, including Don Gullett, Gary Nolan, Larry Dierker, Catfish Hunter and Jim Palmer, the latter two in the few years the Angels played their home games at Dodger Stadium.
But it's not about Urias necessarily matching these legends, not when on a limit of roughly six innings and 90 pitches, something he hasn't yet reached in the majors. It's about the left-hander continuing to improve, and hopefully this time keep the Dodgers in the game.
He showed improvement in his last start, as weird as it sounds to describe a start in which he allowed three home runs and six runs. He had no command in his first start against the Mets, throwing four first-pitch strikes in 17 batters faced in New York, needing 81 pitches to last just 2⅔ innings. But against the Cubs he lasted five innings, throwing two fewer pitches, and threw a first-pitch strike to 19 of 23 batters. That's a start.
Perhaps Urias can get some run support against Rockies starter Eddie Butler, who isn't Tyler Chatwood. Butler has allowed 12 runs in nine innings in his last two starts, so he's looking to rebound like his mound counterpart as well.
Time: 7:10 p.m. PT
TV: SportsNet LA