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The Dodgers take the field tonight with two NLCS wins in the books, something they haven't done since Ned was the GM. And to take their next step towards the promised land they call on Julio Urias. They haven't asked much of this kid, have they? Despite being the youngest in the majors they "ease him in" by asking him to make his first major league start (and appearance) in New York of all places and against the NL champions. As i that wasn't enough of a test of courage, they ask him to make his next start against the Cubs who were to become the team with the best record in the majors this year. They then forced him to shuttle back and forth to the minors many times and into and out of the bullpen as well as constantly changing the length of time between his starts. Talk about trial by fire! And now they found one more way to challenge the kid by only asking him to be the youngest person in the history of baseball to start a post season game. Wow. But the kid has shown no fear and never seems to get flustered so it is easy to be confident he will shrug off this new pressure as well. Personally I'm more afraid the umps will get into his head by calling a balk on him than I am of the enormity of the moment getting to him.
The Dodgers face John Lackey. At least he's a righty so that's going for us. Lackey did not face the 2016 Dodgers prior to tonight but lifetime he has dominated them. As a matter of fact, the Dodgers team OPS against Lackey lifetime is the absolute lowest of any team he has faced in the majors. Yikes. Time to let the law of averages even that out with a big offensive performance off of him tonight.
Go Blue (Dodgers Blue version, that is).