Dodgers: Clayton Kershaw Admires Julio Urias’ Ability to Rise to the Occasion

Straight from the GOAT’s mouth.

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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Written by Brook Smith

Brook is the Senior Editor of Dodgers Nation, with several years of experience in sports journalism. He is an avid Dodgers and Lakers fan, and can be spotted fairly often at Dodger Stadium and Staples Center.


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  1. Some people, players, rise to perform at their best when challenged. It’s what makes them potential Champions. Urias is that type of player.
    I think he will be the top pitcher for the Dodgers this year. They figured out his mechanical issues and he became DOMINANT in the playoffs.
    He has always been one of my favorites. Having to overcome such serious injuries and have the fortitude to do his PT and Rehab shows how strong mentally he is.

  2. Game six in the World Series I watched Julio “El Nino” Urías (7) Mature from El Niño to El Hombre! God Bless You Julio “El Hombre” Urias (7).
    Congratulations to The 2020 World Series Champions LA Dodgers!!!
    “Let’s Do a Repeat in 2021”

  3. I like this kid…..I really, really like him. He’s cut out of different cloth. Keep working Julio, you are destined to be one of the great ones.

  4. Must admit that Julio rose to the occasion. Was rock solid and lights out. Would have liked to see him be co-mvp with seager

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