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Dodgers on Deck: September 1 vs. Braves

Dodger pitcher Julio Urias at Jack in the Box in Inglewood.
August 29: Dodger pitcher Julio Urias poses for the social media team at Jack in the Box in Inglewood on Tuesday, August 29, 2023. Urias met fans, took photos, signed a few autographs and served food, to support the kickoff of the No Kid Hungry program, which raises money to fight childhood hunger.
Photo by Brittany Murray/MediaNews Group/Long Beach Press-Telegram via Getty Images

The second game of the weekend series between the two best teams in the National League brings an excellent pitching matchup with a pair of top-three finishers in last year’s NL Cy Young Award voting.

Dodgers left-hander Julio Urías finished third last year, and Braves southpaw Max Fried was second. This year, both have dealt with injuries.

Urías missed six weeks with a hamstring strain, but recovered to post a 2.90 ERA in five starts in August, and that even includes his six runs allowed in six innings last Saturday at Fenway Park. Urías at Dodger Stadium this season is 8-1 with a 2.30 ERA in 10 starts at Dodger Stadium, compared to 7.07 in 10 road starts.

Fried missed three months with a left forearm strain this year, but recovered to post a 3.58 ERA in five starts in August, with 28 strikeouts and 11 walks in 27⅔ innings.

Friday is September 1, which means expanded rosters, with teams allowed to go from 26 to 28 players on the active roster. So expect both the Dodgers and Braves to add one pitcher and one position player to the roster on Friday.

Game info

  • Teams: Dodgers vs. Braves
  • Ballpark: Dodger Stadium
  • Time: 7:10 p.m.
  • TV: SportsNet LA, MLB Network (out of market)
  • Radio: AM 570 (English); KTNQ 1020 (Spanish)