The Dodgers find themselves in a less than favorable position in the National League Championship Series heading into Game 3. Already down 2 games, Wednesday certainly feels like a must-win for Los Angeles.
In arguably their first must-win of the postseason, the Dodgers will turn to young left-handed pitcher Julio Urías to keep them afloat. While most teams might feel nervous to send out a 24-year-old in a big postseason game, Dave Roberts has all of the confidence in the world. Dave talked about his starter in his pregame press conference this afternoon.
His heartbeat is next level. This guy wants to be the guy but really has that resolve, that humility, that amazing compete. This guy is a budding superstar and I just feel really good, everyone in the clubhouse feels so good with him taking the mound tonight.
It’s been an odd couple of years for Julio in Los Angeles. The Dodgers have always viewed him as a starting pitcher, but they’ve used him in every capacity possible over the last few seasons. This year was his first time really entrenched in the starting rotation, and he had a decent year as a back-end starter.
In his 10 starts, Urías compiled a 3-0 record with a 3.49 earned run average. While his strikeout rate dropped off a little bit, his walk rate also hit a career-low. The Dodgers have used him as a bulk innings guys during the postseason thus far, and the results have been incredible. Through 8 innings he has not been charged with a run and has struck out 11.
If the Dodgers want to keep their World Series hopes alive, Julio is going to have to be pretty great today. He goes up against Kyle Wright, a rookie who pitched well in his lone playoff appearance against Miami.