Top Dodgers prospect looks for better results in second start
By Austin Laymance
Baseball fans get their second chance to see Dodgers teenage pitching phenom Julio Urias this afternoon, when he starts against the Cubs at Wrigley Field in one of three matinees on the schedule today.
And the best place to catch all the action is on MLB.TV.
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Here's what to watch for today in the Majors (all times ET):
Teen spirit: LAD@CHC, 2:20 p.m.
Urias, baseball's No. 2 prospect according to MLBPipeline.com, starts for the Dodgers as they wrap up their series with the Cubs, who will counter with Kyle Hendricks. Urias, 19, will be looking for better results this time around, as he was unable to get out of the third inning in his debut against the Mets on Friday. Urias admitted he was nervous at the outset of his much-anticipated debut, so it will be interesting to see how he responds today.
Stat that matters: Hendricks was one out away from a shutout in his last start Saturday against the Phillies.
Bumgarner on the bump: SF@ATL, 12:10 p.m.
The Giants and Bumgarner are both on a roll, and they will look to keep it going in the series finale against the Braves. The Giants are 16-4 since May 11, the best record in MLB over that span. Bumgarner has been a key to the team's recent success, going 5-0 with a 1.28 ERA over his last seven starts. He's also unbeaten in his last six starts against the Braves, who will give the ball to Aaron Blair.
Stat that matters: The Giants are 8-3 this season when Bumgarner starts, winning each of his last seven outings.
Greinke, Keuchel duel: ARI@HOU, 2:10 p.m.
Greinke seeks his fourth straight win as he takes the mound for the D-backs in the finale of an Interleague series at Minute Maid Park. After a bit of a slow start with his new club, Greinke has found his stride, going 6-1 with a 3.86 ERA over his last nine starts. Keuchel, the reigning American League Cy Young Award winner, has produced mixed results this season, but he's coming off a strong start Saturday in which he limited the Angels to two runs over seven innings.
Stat that matters: Keuchel leads AL starters with a 2.31 ERA at home since the start of the 2014 season.
More homers for Mookie? BOS@BAL, 7:05 p.m.
It's a good idea to catch the start of this game, considering Betts has mashed leadoff homers in back-to-back games. Betts has totaled five homers the last two nights, becoming the first player in baseball history to hit a homer in each of the first two innings in consecutive games, according to the Elias Sports Bureau. The task of keeping Betts in the ballpark belongs to Orioles starter Ubaldo Jimenez. Meanwhile, Rick Porcello starts for the Sox as he seeks his eighth win of the year.
Stat that matters: Betts is 7-for-15 (.467) lifetime against Jimenez, with one double.
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Austin Laymance is a reporter for MLB.com based in Los Angeles. Follow him on Twitter at @jalaymance. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.