Another night, and another reason to wonder why Tony Gonsolin doesn’t have a permanent spot in the Dodgers rotation. Julio Urías did not show up with his best stuff on Wednesday, leading to Dave Roberts leaning heavily on the bullpen.
Urías managed to make it through just 1.2 innings of work before the Dodgers went to their solid relief team. Julio ended up throwing 52 pitches, with 33 of them for strikes. He missed the zone often and gave up pretty solid contact all night. All told, he was charged with just one earned run.
After the game, Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said that Julio will still be in the starting rotation. It’s not really clear at this time how short his leash will be for the rest of the season.
Dave says the Julio will remain in the rotation but he needs to "be a little more sharp from the outset."
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The timing of it is sort of unfortunate for Urías, who under normal circumstances would be putting up decent numbers for a number four starter. His struggles just happen to be highlighted by the fact that the Dodgers optioned Tony Gonsolin on the same day. Gonsolin has thrown 14+ consecutive scoreless innings in 2020.
Whatever the case, Julio appears to have at least one more start to straighten things out. Attacking the strike zone has been something that Roberts has repeatedly said he wants to see out of him, and he will need to do just that. The Dodgers have been running a six-man starting rotation over the last week or so.