For the Dodgers, there might be a new big game pitcher in town. When LA needed a win most, Julio Urias put the team on his back for 5 innings of 1-run baseball in the bay. Urias allowed just 3 hits and recorded 5 strikeouts, earning the hugely important win in game 2 to even the NLDS at 1 game apiece.
The left-hander has been a difference maker for the Dodgers over the last two postseasons. Of course, in 2020, his most effective role was that of shutdown reliever, pitching LA to its first world title in more than three decades. Now, after a 32 start and 20-win season, Julio should be firmly entrenched in the postseason rotation for Dave Roberts. However, that might not exactly be the case according to Dave and Julio himself.
After Saturday night’s win, Roberts revealed that maybe that won’t be all we see of Julio in this series.
I like to take things day-by-day, but he’ll be alive later in the series I’m sure, yeah.
Urias threw just 72 pitches over those 5 innings. Notably, Dave added that he felt some of the at-bats Giants hitters put together against Julio were more stressful in some innings, leading to the somewhat early pull for the lefty-ace.
With the series heading back to LA, Max Scherzer takes the bump at Dodger Stadium after a rocky but effective outing on Wednesday in the Wild Card game against the Cardinals. In a perfect world, we wouldn’t see Urias again until the NLCS on Saturday night where he’d be starting against either the Atlanta Braves or Milwaukee Brewers in LA.
But we all know this world ain’t perfect.
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