In 2021, Julio Urias was a 20-game-winner and was the National League leader in wins. While he may not win 20 games this year, his overall numbers have improved. In 16 starts this season, Urias has posted a 2.57 ERA.
In Monday’s start against the Colorado Rockies, Urias pitched six innings only allowing one run and one walk while striking out seven. The left-hander since last year’s All-Star Break has the second-best ERA in the National League at 2.32.
Over his last six starts, Urias has held his opponents to a .177 average and posted a 2.08 ERA. Currently, he has the 11th-best ERA in the majors and the fifth-best ERA in the National League.
Depending on any pushbacks, Urias could have two more starts before the All-Star Break on July 16, and if he starts against the Angels in the last series before the break, he may be ineligible to pitch, but that remains to be seen.
With the All-Star Game being at Dodger Stadium it is the perfect scenario for Urias to make his first appearance. Teammate Tony Gonsolin, who has the league’s lowest ERA at 1.54, and Clayton Kershaw could be selected as well. Kershaw has never started an All-Star game surprisingly, and it would be perfect if he got the honor at Chavez Ravine.
However, back to Urias, the numbers are there for him to make the All-Star game. He made the MLB All-Second Team last season and continues to improve. At nearly the halfway mark of 2022, he has struck out 83 batters in 87 ⅔ innings. He’s also posted a WHIP of 1.03.
In earlier seasons in his career, Urias missed a lot of time with injuries, and with the Dodgers being one of the deeper teams in the Majors, there was not a permanent role for him. As fans remember, Urias pitched out of the bullpen and made spot starts in several of those seasons.
During the postseason, he was used as a starter and even a closer delivering the final out in the 2020 World Series for the Dodgers.
Now that Urias has earned a spot on the Dodgers rotation, he’s shown why the Dodgers have relied on him in crucial moments. With another quality start, Urias can definitely inch closer to that All-Star spot, even though he boosted his case on Monday. The same thing can be said for teammates such as Tyler Anderson, Kershaw, and Gonsolin in terms of All-Star honors, but only so many can make it.
Unless Urias has a disaster start before the break, he should definitely get the nod for an All-Star appearance in front of Dodger fans.