Everyone knows what’s going on with Dodgers’ reliever Julio Urias. Therefore – on Monday when the news broke that Urias wouldn’t be facing charges in the domestic violence case – we pointed out a lapse in performance.
Furthermore, Urias has allowed 4 earned runs in 5 innings of work since the initial reports came out.
Now, Urias tells Bill Plunkett of the OC Register that he can’t say a lot about what’s going on legally. That’s understandable, but what’s more interesting is what he can say about his recent performances.
#Dodgers notes: Julio Urias no longer has the possibility of criminal charges or MLB discipline hanging over his head. But he says that wasn't the reason for a couple poor outings on the most recent homestand.https://t.co/yVEa5Az3Jv
— Bill Plunkett (@billplunkettocr) June 5, 2019
First off, Urias says the case isn’t affecting his performance with the Dodgers. Simply, he’s just missing pitches.
I just missed some pitches — Harper is a really good ballplayer. He hadn’t got me before. He got me that time. Before that, it was the same thing. I just missed some pitches and you can’t miss pitches at this level or they’ll make you pay. Every time I go out there, I just try to do my job and try to give everything I can and sometimes I just miss pitches.
To be fair to Urias, his ERA is right in line with his career norm of 3.73 (it’s 3.78 currently). Still, Urias seems to be missing more pitches of late; which is really just two rough appearances. In the 16 and 2/3 innings before those two performances, Urias’ ERA was 1.06.
The 22-year old hurler points towards his past success as an example that he knows how to deal with this type of adversity. Moreover, he mentions Christian Yelich.
I think I’ve had challenges in the past. I pitched against Christian Yelich in the playoffs. I pitched against Atlanta. Some situations are tough but you have to know how to pitch in those tough situations.
Now whether or not there’s something to this, we will definitely learn the outcome. As the season goes on, Urias will get more opportunities to pitch. It’s likely those chances come in high-leverage spots.
One must hope that there’s nothing to this and his performance remains elite for the Dodgers out of the bullpen. It can’t be overstated that the team needs a guy with that upside, especially as a left-hander.
Do you think that this situation has interfered with Urias’ on-field performance? Why or why not? Let us know in the comments section!