Monday night did not go the way the Dodgers had hoped. Playing in the first game of a 3-game set against the Padres, San Diego came out swinging against Julio Urías. With Yu Darvish on the mound against them, it was an uphill battle all night.
Urías got tagged for 4 runs in the 1st inning and cruised for a while after that. He then gave up a 2-run shot to Jake Cronenworth in the 5th inning and was promptly removed. It also didn’t help that he issued 4 walks on the night in addition to getting hit hard.
But that outing was the latest in a few bad outings from Julio. The Dodgers southpaw briefly talked about the struggles he faced on Monday through an interpreter after the game.
Obviously, I didn’t feel very good with my stuff tonight and that’s what happened. I was trying to stick to my plan. I had a plan going into the start. But my pitches weren’t as sharp as they usually are.
In his last 5 starts, Urías has allowed 18 earned runs in 25.2 innings of work. That comes out to a very rough 6.21 ERA after such a promising start to the 2021 season. It’s tough to nail down exactly why he’s struggled so badly as of late, but the Dodgers do not believe it is workload-related.
Urías is well beyond his MLB career-high in innings pitched having reached the 92 mark on Monday. Roberts has hinted that the team will continue to watch his workload and that the bullpen could be an option down the stretch or late in the year.
But that doesn’t solve anything right now. Julio’s next start will come against the Cubs this weekend, and that will be another big test for him.