After what felt like an improbable come-from-behind win on Tuesday evening in Los Angeles, the Dodgers now find themselves in position to tie the NLCS up at 2 games apiece on Wednesday night. And they do so with their most consistent workhorse on the mound.
Yes, after Tuesday’s 6-5 win, Dave Roberts confirmed that Julio Urias would be handed the ball for game 4. Importantly, he does so with the expectation of a full starter’s workload for the left-hander, not an abridged outing.
#Dodgers manager Dave Roberts confirmed Julio Urías will start tomorrow.
— Juan Toribio (@juanctoribio) October 20, 2021
Julio lead the Dodgers and Major League Baseball in wins this season, going 20-3 in 32 starts. The ace came into his own in his first full season as a starting pitcher, recording a 2.96 ERA over a career-high 185.2 innings pitched.
Despite that, the organization has opted to use the hurler in relief twice this postseason. He tossed 4 innings while allowing one run in game 5 of the NLDS against the Giants and picked up a blown save in game 2 of the NLCS against the Braves when he was jumped for 2 runs on 3 hits in an inning of work.
On Wednesday night, Roberts expects a full start for Urias. After a short outing by Walker Buehler in game 3 and a bullpen game expected in game 5 on Thursday, the longer Julio can go for LA, the better.
“As long as he’s being efficient,” said Roberts, “we’re gonna let it run”
First pitch for game 4 is set for 5:08 PM PT. The Braves are expected to utilize a bullpen game.
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