Dodgers starter Julio Urias turned 20 years old one month and one day ago. He’s made a handful of road starts, part of his way to a 3.69 ERA and a 76/26 K/BB ratio over 68 1/3 innings. But Tuesday night’s start will probably register high on his list of important starts. He’s starting at Yankee Stadium at 7:05 PM EDT.
According to Baseball Reference, the starter opposing Urias on Tuesday night — CC Sabathia — was also the last to start a game at Yankee Stadium before the age of 21. A member of the Indians on June 27, 2001, Sabathia made his second start in the Bronx at 20 years and 341 days old. He didn’t last long, having to leave with no outs in the second inning after yielding six runs (four earned) on three hits and a walk with one strikeout. He lasted only four innings in his start earlier that year as well.
The Yankees are the most revered franchise in baseball and one of the most revered in sports. And while the current Yankee Stadium has only been around since 2009, it still carries with it a great deal of importance in the largest media market in the United States. Then figure that both teams are fighting for entry into the postseason. The Yankees are only two games out of the second American League Wild Card slot and the Dodgers lead the NL West by four games over the Giants.
But, hey, no pressure, kid.
The rest of Tuesday’s action…
Los Angeles Dodgers (Julio Urias) @ New York Yankees (CC Sabathia), 7:05 PM EDT
Pittsburgh Pirates (Ivan Nova) @ Philadelphia Phillies (Alec Asher), 7:05 PM EDT
Minnesota Twins (Kyle Gibson) @ Detroit Tigers (Matt Boyd), 7:10 PM EDT
Oakland Athletics (Jharel Cotton) @ Kansas City Royals (Matt Duffy), 7:15 PM EDT
Texas Rangers (A.J. Griffin) @ Houston Astros (Brad Peacock), 8:10 PM EDT
Seattle Mariners (Taijuan Walker) @ Los Angeles Angels (Alex Meyer), 10:05 PM EDT