Julio Urias was the player who closed out the Dodgers’ 2020 World Championship, the first since 1988. The Mexican left-hander is still only 24 years old, as he’s been with the big league club six years now. He made his debut at only 19, which seems like forever ago.
But the other day, a comment I saw sparked my interest. It asked whether Urias was considered a Cy Young candidate so far this season. The competition is quite tough this year in the National League. You have pitchers such as Jacob deGrom, Brandon Woodruff, and Kevin Gausman who are all having great years.
Not to forget the rest of the Dodgers starting rotation, which includes two former Cy Young Award Winners, and they all easily can be candidates.
Urias is having a great 2021 season, he’s 7-1 with a 3.03 ERA. His 2.82 FIP is the lowest it’s ever been, and his 10.0 K/9 is his highest in four years. He is basically considered the Dodgers fourth starter, which is quite crazy, as many other clubs would love for their ace to post those numbers.
So far this season, Urias has pitched 62 ⅓ innings, striking out 70 batters and posting a WHIP of 0.82. Opponents are batting.196 off him and he’s only allowed 7 walks.
While I go back to the comment I mentioned earlier, it may be tough for Urias to accomplish that feat in 2021. However, I think it can certainly be a possibility in the future. He is still only 24 years old and has six years of MLB service under his belt.
Whether that may be with the Dodgers or another club remains to be seen. He will be eligible to become a free agent after the 2023 season, should he not be extended. So far in 2021, the Dodgers are 8-2 in games that Urias has started.
He currently is tied in second place for most wins in the majors—teammate Clayton Kershaw also has seven wins. This is another thing to look at of how insanely good the Dodgers pitching is with two guys in the rotation having that many wins at this point of the season.
Urias’ opponents batting average of .196 ranks tied for 15th best in the majors. The whole Dodgers starting rotation excluding the fifth spot all rank among the best for best opponents batting average.
It is not out of the question that Urias may possibly make his first All-Star appearance this year, as there are external factors that weigh in such as injury replacements and start dates prior to the All-Star game. But it is certainly safe to say that there will be multiple Dodger pitchers at the 2021 All-Star Game.
Urias started off with five-plus perfect innings in his most recent start against the Giants, and with already six no-hitters taking place this season, the hype was starting to build. However, he finished with six innings pitched allowing two runs and striking out ten batters. Urias has reached double-digit strikeouts three times this season. Urias will make his next start against the Giants, who still have not beaten the Dodgers. He is set to pitch Saturday against right-hander Logan Webb.
After Thursday night’s win of 4-3 against the Giants, the Dodgers have taken all four meetings so far this year. On Friday, the Dodgers will send Walker Buehler to the mound who is 3-0 and has posted a 2.78 ERA this year, he will face Anthony DeSclafani, who the Dodgers tagged for ten runs last time out in only 2-⅔ innings.
The first pitch for tonight is scheduled for 7:10 p.m. Pacific.