Today we will see a pair of National League contenders make history, with the Dodgers and Phillies squaring off in the first MLB game to be broadcast live exclusively on YouTube.
The finale of a four-game series at Citizens Bank Park is the first of 13 games that will be live streamed exclusively on YouTube over the remainder of this season. The Blue Jays will host the Indians in the second MLB Game of the Week Live on YouTube on Tuesday, followed by the Tigers squaring off with the Angels on July 29.
An MLB Network production, today's game is scheduled to start at 12:35 p.m. ET, and it can be viewed for free on MLB's official YouTube page. Los Angeles and Philadelphia split the first two games of the series before they weathered a two-hour, 37-minute rain delay in the third inning of a game that saw the Dodgers outlast the Phillies for a 7-2 victory Wednesday night. It will be a quick turnaround for both teams, after Wednesday's game ended at 1:42 a.m. this morning.
Stripling has appeared in 24 games for the Dodgers this season, including 10 as a starter, posting a 3.65 ERA with a 1.23 WHIP and 69 strikeouts in 66 2/3 innings overall. Nola, meanwhile, recorded a 4.89 ERA over his first 15 starts this season, but he has since rediscovered the form that helped him finish third in the NL Cy Young Award voting a year ago. In his past five outings, Nola has yielded only five runs (three earned) while fanning 43 batters in 35 2/3 frames (0.76 ERA).
Fans who tune in live on YouTube will also have a chance to see NL Most Valuable Player Award candidate Cody Bellinger, who has hit .336/.431/.702 with an MLB-leading 34 homers -- tied with Milwaukee's Christian Yelich -- for the Dodgers this season, and Bryce Harper, who has produced 17 home runs with an .845 OPS in his first season after signing a 13-year, $330 million contract with the Phillies.