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Julio Urias to the Rescue?

October 14th, 2020 · No Comments · Baseball, Dodgers

If ever the Dodgers needed a good result from Julio Urias, tonight is the night.

The hard-throwing left-hander has long been on the periphery of joining the ranks of “key Dodgers”. He matters, but not many of us get all depressed if he doesn’t come through.

That is different tonight.

If the Dodgers are to make a comeback in the National League Championship Series, they need five or six innings of his best stuff in Game 3, with the Atlanta Braves holding a 2-0 games lead over the Dodgers.

Is he up to it? Did the Dodgers pick the right guy, when they drafted him out of Mexico in 2012 … and first gave him the ball with the big club in 2016?

This is when we find out.

He did a nice job, back in the divisional series, when he turned in five innings of shutout relief.

But that was against the San Diego Padres, who are not to be confused with the Atlanta Braves.

What the Dodgers need is for Urias to go through the Braves lineup twice, which means facing Ronald Acuna and Freddy Freeman, the bashers at the top of a dangerous Atlanta lineup.

That ought to give the Dodgers’ hitters some time to give their pitchers a lead, and change the complexion of this series.

The Dodgers have been waiting for Urias. He was going to be the Next Big Thing, when he first came up, but the Dodgers were worried about taxing his arm before he could establish himself as a dependable pitcher. (His arm broke down, anyway, and he missed a year and a half — 2018-19.)

There are signs that he may be ready to step forward. He has made two appearances in the postseason, throwing those three scoreless innings against the Brewers and five against the Padres. That is eight innings with four hits allowed, and one walk against 11 strikeouts.

You could make a case he has been the most impressive Dodgers pitcher this fall.

Tonight, we find out if it is another flash in the pan, or whether the Julio Urias Era has begun.

This would be an excellent time to show he can be The Man.

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