Tomorrow is a do-or-die situation for the Dodgers as they try to advance out of the Wild Card Game and into the NLDS to play the San Francisco Giants. All hands will be on deck as the team will try and stave off elimination before the real season even starts. No one besides Walker Buehler will be off limits on Wednesday.
“Julio’s an option. Obviously he threw on Saturday, but having him potentially be in there, we’re seriously considering that. When you’re talking about one game, there’s really not the need for length necessarily because you have so many arms at your disposal.“
Fans will recall the brilliant performance of Urías in last year’s postseason run as he shifted from the starting rotation into the bullpen as the team got deeper and deeper into the playoffs. The southpaw threw 5 innings of 1-run ball (unearned) against the San Diego Padres in the 2020 NLDS.
He then racked up a 3-inning save to close out the NLCS against the Atlanta Braves and a 2 1/3 inning save with 4 strikeouts to secure the team’s first World Series win in 32 years.
While he has proven to be lethal out of the pen, his production in the rotation this season as well as the loss of Kershaw almost guarantees he’ll move back into starting rotation later on. Throwing an inning won’t hurt his chances of starting a game in the NLDS should they move on. But first, he’ll need to give everything he’s got if his number is called.