One night after Clayton Kershaw threw a complete-game shutout against the New York Mets at Citi Field, Ian Thomas made his first career Major League start and tossed a solid five innings in another Dodgers win.
Thomas started in place of Zack Greinke, who had traveled back to Los Angeles to be with his expectant wife. While Greinke was scratched from his scheduled start, Dodgers manager Don Mattingly didn’t rule him out for a weekend outing against the Mets. After Friday’s game Greinke was named the starter for the four-game series finale Sunday, according to Dylan Hernandez of the LA Times:
Greinke will start Sunday.
— Dylan Hernandez (@dylanohernandez) July 25, 2015
With Greinke taking the ball on Sunday, it pushes Brett Anderson’s return to the mound to Tuesday, when the Dodgers host the Oakland Athletics, his former club. Mattingly said prior to Friday’s contest his preference was to give Anderson as much rest as possible, but didn’t have a decision on the matter at the time.
Greinke over his career is 3-1 with a 2.45 ERA and 0.97 WHIP in five starts against the Mets; he’s 1-0 with a 0.75 ERA at Citi Field, though allowed three runs (one earned) in four innings there last season. Greinke will take the mound with a 43.2 scoreless innings streak and presumably will see a familiar face as the Mets acquired former Dodgers third baseman Juan Uribe in a trade with the Atlanta Braves on Friday night.
Greinke is 3-0 in three July starts this season with 23 strikeouts to just one walk over 23 innings pitched. With him starting Sunday and not Saturday, it paves the way for Zach Lee to make his Major League debut. Lee is slated to start for Triple-A Oklahoma City and can easily be added to the active roster in place of Thomas.