Young is listed as the Diamondbacks' scheduled starter for Tuesday's game against the Rangers. After Young tossed six scoreless innings to earn his second win of the season in the Diamondbacks' final game before the All-Star break July 7, there was little doubt that he would be awarded another turn through the rotation. In total, Young has allowed just one run on three hits and two walks in his first 13.1 big-league innings, but a .061 BABIP and 100 percent strand rate both suggest major regression is ahead for the lefty. Young could be in for a rude awakening when he takes the hill at the hitter-friendly Globe Life Park in Arlington after his first three MLB outings came in venues that skew more favorably to pitchers (Oracle Park, Dodger Stadium and Chase Field).
Young (2-0) picked up the win against Colorado on Sunday, pitching six innings and allowing only one baserunner via walk while striking out three. In his second career start, Young simply dominated the Colorado offense, throwing 17 of 19 first pitches for strikes and allowing only a third-inning walk to Tony Wolters. He needed a mere 71 pitches to get through six innings but was pulled by manager Torey Lovullo in order to protect his arm. The rookie southpaw has now allowed only one run and three hits in 13.1 major-league innings this season in contrast to the unimpressive 6.09 ERA and 1.68 WHIP he compiled in 20 minor-league appearances. With Taylor Clarke struggling mightily, there is an excellent chance that Young's marvelous Sunday will allow him to stick in the rotation following the break.
Young will start Sunday's game against the Rockies. The 25-year-old lefty has been quite good in his two big-league appearances so far and the team will reward him with another start in the first-half finale. While Young threw only 26 pitches in relief during his most recent outing, he threw 74 pitches and completed five frames in his debut June 27 and should be available for a similar workload Sunday.
Young did not allow a baserunner while striking out one over 2.1 innings of relief in Tuesday's 5-4 loss to the Dodgers. Young set down all seven batters faced and was in position for the win before the Diamondbacks' bullpen melted down in the ninth inning. He entered for ineffective starter Taylor Clarke, who threw 71 pitches (39 strikes) before departing with two outs in the fourth inning. It's unclear if Young will remain in the bullpen leading into the All-Star break. Manager Torey Lovullo opted to skip Young's turn through the rotation, but watching Clarke struggle again may give the manager second thoughts leading up to the break. Clarke lines up to pitch the final game of the first half against the Rockies on Sunday, but he will carry a 6.21 ERA into that start after posting a 7.36 ERA over his last eight outings.
Young will not start Wednesday's game versus the Dodgers, Zach Buchanan of The Athletic reports. Manager Torey Lovullo previously said Young was being considered to start Wednesday's contest in Los Angeles, but the team will instead turn to Merrill Kelly. Young pitched well in his major-league debut Thursday with only one run allowed over five innings, but it's now unclear when he'll next take the mound.