We did it, folks. We are finally through the dog days of the All-Star break and baseball is back with more stakes, more trade rumors and more Dodgers Nation videos than ever before!
The LA Dodgers take on the New York Mets Friday at 4:10 p.m. PDT with Julio Urias getting the start. The Dodgers went into the All-Star break on a 4-game winning streak while the Mets, who have been a source of criticism all season for their expensive — but struggling – roster, lost two of their last three to the Padres.
The Dodgers lineup is out for the first game of the second half against the Mets!— Dodgers Nation (@DodgersNation) July 14, 2023
How many runs are they scoring today? pic.twitter.com/uqyx5G1gFK
Urias, who missed almost six weeks with a hamstring injury, had a rough outing in his first game back on July 1, letting up five earned runs to the Royals in only three innings. He looked better July 6 against the Pirates, with eight strikeouts and two earned runs across six innings.
Mets starting pitcher Justin Verlander has also experienced a shortened season after being sidelined with a minor shoulder injury until making his 2023 season debut in early May. While the 2022 AL Cy Young winner hasn’t been the pitcher he was a year ago, he is still a threat from the mound with his devastating fastball.
With the Mets struggling, this series is a must-win for a Dodger team looking to create separation in the NL West with the Arizona Diamondbacks and San Fransisco Giants biting at their heels.
For more on LA’s potential trade deadline moves, including some potential deals for some Mets stars, and what to watch for in the Mets series, check out the video at the top of the article from our very own Doug McKain! Or, you can click right here!
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