The Dodgers make just their second regular season trip to New York to battle the Yankees, who were sellers at the non-waiver trade deadline yet after embracing the baby bombers have played their way back into playoff contention. The Dodgers counter with their two best young pitchers to open the series, followed by their ace in his second start back from a long stint on the disabled list.
This should be fun.
Monday, 4:05 p.m. PT (SportsNet LA)
Jose De Leon makes his second major league start after striking out nine with no walks in his debut last Sunday. No Dodgers pitcher dating back to at least 1913 has opened his career with a pair of no-walk starts in his first two games.
Bryan Mitchell, 25, has seen brief time in the majors in each of the last three seasons. His only appearance in 2016 was a start on Wednesday against Toronto, when he pitched five scoreless innings, with two strikeouts and two walks.
Tuesday, 4:05 p.m. (SportsNet LA, MLB Network)
Julio Urias makes what may or may not be the final start of his excellent rookie campaign, with a transition to the bullpen likely looming. The 20-year-old left-hander, who last pitched on Sept. 2, has a 2.97 ERA in his last 13 games, including 11 starts, with 69 strikeouts and 21 walks in 60⅔ innings.
CC Sabathia, who won 17 games as a rookie in his age-20 season, makes his 479th career start in the middle game of the series. The 36-year-old southpaw has a 4.93 ERA since the All-Star break, with 14 home runs allowed in 11 starts, and 58 strikeouts and 22 walks in 65⅔ innings.
Wednesday, 1:05 p.m. (SportsNet LA)
Clayton Kershaw makes his second start off the disabled list, and his first career start at Yankee Stadium, which will be the 26th different park in which the left-hander will have pitched. Kershaw is 12-4 with a 2.28 ERA in 27 career interleague starts.
Michael Pineda has some funky splits. He has a 4.65 ERA and 27.8% strikeout rate in 14 home starts, compared to 5.49 and 25.3% in 14 road starts, yet he has also allowed 18 home runs at Yankee Stadium compared to just six away from home.