Julio Urías in the postseason this year was everything that the Dodgers had hoped he could be since signing him in 2012. He came on in strange scenarios and pitched as if his career depended on it en route to a World Series win.
Clayton Kershaw has watched Julio grow from a 19-year-old kid making his debut all the way to locking down a World Series save at 24. For Kersh, his inside look at Julio reveals just how clutch that he can be when it matters the most. The Dodgers southpaw spoke about Julio with Petros & Money this week.
He’s just the same guy all of the time. He’s been a fierce competition his whole career, but it seems that in the playoffs, some people it just elevates their game. And he realizes the magnitude of it and he rises to the occasion. And we’ve asked him to do some weird stuff. We’ve asked him to start, we’ve asked him to relieve, we’ve asked him to close, and he’s done it all and he’s done unbelievable with it.
Urías made 6 appearances for the Dodgers in the postseason, starting just 2 games for the Dodgers. In his relief appearances, he was nearly unhittable. He threw a combined 13.1 innings and was not charged with an earned run in those relief appearances. Julio also pitched the final 2 1/3 innings in Game 6 of the World Series, locking down the save and the World Series win the Los Angeles.
Urías spent the majority of the 2020 starting games for the Dodgers, which was much different from his past with the team. Julio started 10 games for Los Angeles and made just 1 relief appearance, as opposed to splitting roles all season. The current plan for the 2021 season seems to be to slot him back into the rotation, though plans can obviously change.
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