Rookie pitcher, Julio Urias, is expected to pitch the fourth game of the NLCS against Chicago Cubs. He is no stranger to the Chicago team as he faced them twice during the regular season.
Urias has two positive factors helping him out as we approach the fourth game: he has home field advantage which should ease some nerves, if any, and he will be facing Cubs’ starting pitcher, John Lackey, who did not face the Dodgers during the regular season.
Julio Urias will start for the Dodgers today and become the youngest starting pitcher in MLB playoff history at 20 years and 68 days old. pic.twitter.com/ExlycNLpwb
— Arash Markazi (@ArashMarkazi) October 19, 2016
On June 2, in only his second start of the regular season, Urias faced the Cubs. He allowed eight hits including three home runs, and six runs in five innings that day at Wrigley Field.
However, Urias redeemed himself in August with his second start against the Cubs at Dodger Stadium. He struck out eight and ultimately led the Dodgers to a 3-2 defeat.
Here’s what Urias had to say on facing the Cubs:
Julio Urias finished the regular season 5-2 with 84 strikeouts and 3.39 ERA; however, his numbers only got better as the season progressed. He put up a 1.99 ERA in August and a 1.93 ERA in September. With his ability to grow after every appearance and his strong outing against the Cubs at home, there shouldn’t be a doubt in anybody’s mind that he is ready.
The left-handed pitcher’s first ever postseason appearance against the Nationals earlier this month resulted in a 4-3 defeat by the dodgers where he kept the Nationals off the score board in his two innings pitched.
Game 4 of the NLCS should be a great match-up against Urias and Lackey, as a lot seems to be on the Dodgers’ starting pitcher’s side.