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Dodgers: Why Julio Urías Isn’t Getting Cy Young Consideration, Inside Breakout Season, Is He Elite?



The Dodgers are in an enviable position when it comes to starting pitching. Walker Buehler is in the midst of his best season as a big leaguer. Max Scherzer has been ridiculous since coming over at the trade deadline. And today, Clayton Kershaw makes his return to the mound. 

But perhaps the best arm that gets no love in the rotation is the same guy that slammed the door last year in World Series game 6.

We discuss why despite being the league leader with 17 wins, Julio Urias is not in the mix for the NL Cy Young award. We break down Urias’ breakout season and tell you how he’s cemented himself as a top 10-15 starter in MLB. Plus, should we be concerned about his innings count considering he’s already more than doubled his previous career high at 163.1 IP?

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Written by Doug McKain

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  1. Urias’ Cy Young case is “hurt” by being number three in his own rotation right now. He would be the ace on most of the other MLB teams. Plus most of the national media is so obsessed by the two guys at the top of the Brewers rotation, they seem to barely be noticing anyone else. Plus plus you have Scherzer climbing back into the race and Buehler slipping out just a bit. The Brewers pitchers are very good, but the Dodgers top three (not even including Kershaw) are better. And if you asked 29 MLB managers whom they would rather have pitch a Game Seven, the answers would be Scherzer, Buehler and Urias because they have all faced down that pressure before. Burnes and Woodruff have not.

  2. DODGER FOR LIFE. FATHER BORN IN BROOKLYN AND SOLD PEANUTS AT EBBETTS FIELD.
    AS A CATCHER WHO CAUGHT FOR OVER 30 YEARS SOMEWHERE, INCLUDING PROGESSIONALLY, I LOVE ALL THESE DODGER PITCHERS.
    DIFFERENT STYLES, DIFFERENT EXPERIENCES, DIFFERENT PEOPLE.
    i. DON’T CARE ABOUT CY YOUNG AWARDS, JUST KEEP PITCHING WELL !!!

  3. Would love to see how the top guys would do with only 83 pitches. The top pitchers you’re talking about couldn’t do what Urias did in last post season. Even Scherzer only has a 7-5 record with a 3.38 era.

  4. Hasn’t it been great to watch Urias grow in maturity and confidence. Sometimes after a strikeout he circles the mound like a toreador! The Dodgers apparently have groomed him perfectly. Also, watching Scherzer since he’s been a Dodger almost makes me forget one of his last outings as a National…he got rocked! It happens! He sure has been un-hittable lately. Hope Kershaw stays healthy and regains most of his form…we all remember his bad days! Like Robert says above, “keep pitching well!”

  5. Checking out the WAR number for the top 5 contenders, Scherzer, Buehler, Burnes, Woodruff and Gausman, they are all at 5.3 or above. Urias is at 3.8.

    Urias also get the most run support and pitches fewer innings because of it. He did shut the door on the Rays in the deciding game of last years WS, but what does that have to do with the 2021 season?

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