Tuesday, May 17, 2022

Dodgers’ Julio Urias Ready To Launch NLCS Game 4, Ready Or Not

This postseason has become a mockery of traditional opening serves, so saying the Dodgers have built their rotation the way they want it to be may be wishful thinking.

The Dodgers received a total of 27 strikeouts from their starting pitchers in the first three games of the National League championship series, not intentionally in the first place.

But the Dodgers, losing two games in one in the best-of-seven streak, put Max Scherzer in the queue for Game 6 and Walker Buehler for Game 7.

This assumes the Dodgers will get there.

They used nine pitchers in their third game on Tuesday. All nine Dodgers hitters have either entered the game or warmed up in the bullpen. For now, the last thing the Dodgers want is to play Thursday’s fifth game – their scheduled bullpen game – like a knockout game from a jaded bullpen.

This puts Julio Urias back in the spotlight for October. Following his last appearance in the eighth inning of Game 2 and his previous appearance in the third inning, the Dodgers will ask baseball’s lone 20-game winner to start the game on Wednesday. They really, really, really want him to go deep into the game.

Scherzer began his two-day rest for the last time after relief. It didn’t go very well.

Urias starts Wednesday after resting for two days after being relieved.

He told the Dodgers that he was ready to go. The Dodgers could have given him an extra day off, but manager Dave Roberts said it was “impossible to know” the potential gain. Urias closed the 2020 World Series on a two-day break after starting with 80 pitches.

At least in October, the Dodgers turned Urias into a pitch version of Kike Hernandez or Chris Taylor. Scherzer and Clayton Kershaw have made occasional postseason shifts, but Urias is an auxiliary postseason pitcher: starter, high pitcher, installer, closer.

Prior to this season, the Dodgers had meticulously honored the pitch and inning with Urias. He was told that he was a starting pitcher, period, no limits. He has played 186 innings this season, more than double his previous professional record.

Along with the top three from Buehler, Scherzer and Kershaw Dodgers were ready to use Urias as an auxiliary pitcher this October. Then Kershaw was injured again, and the Dodgers continued to use Urias as an auxiliary pitcher.

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The Dodgers first called him at age 19. He is now 25. He is proud to be the starting pitcher he and his team envisioned.

“Quite right,” Roberts said. “But he’s also proud to help us win. He wants – and he is also proud: “We dialed his number in this place and I want to be that guy; I’m the best option. ” This is how you look at it. “

Scott Boras, Urias’s agent, doesn’t hesitate to let the team know when he’s upset with the way the team is treating a star client.

“If you ask me,” Boras said on Tuesday, “I am not upset about anything that reduces the number of serves Julio is serving.

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“I looked at it from a defensive point of view. I’m not looking at this to say, “Oh, he’s not on the front lines.”

Urias had 55 innings in the pandemic-shortened 2020 season, more than three times as many innings this season. His total career innings since the end of the season: 473

Kershaw and Fernando Valenzuela also played 20 seasons for the Dodgers by age 25. At this age, Kershaw scored 959 innings, Valenzuela 1348.

The notion of a time limit in October does not work, especially in the club.

In 2012, his first full season since Tommy John surgery, Washington Nationals shut down Steven Strasbourg in September, so there was no problem in October. Strasbourg has been featured in the All-Star Game three times and signed a $ 245 million contract.

In 2015, in his first full season since Tommy John surgery, the New York Mets did not close Matt Harvey for the postseason. The Mets have competed in the World Series for the first time in 15 years, but since then Harvey hasn’t been a league middle pitcher in a single season.

“The player was not stopped in New York,” said Boras, representing Strasbourg and Harvey.

“The player will never say no. You are in the dressing room. You are trying to win. You want to be a good teammate. The pressure is too great. “

Scherzer is also a Boras customer. On Sunday, two days after the help session, Scherzer started and said that his hand felt “dead.”

Boras said, “I don’t think anyone in my position representing the starting pitcher wants them to pitch in relief. This is a normal interruption, and normal interruptions scare you. We’ve now seen teams do this in the postseason. The players always want this because they want to win. “

“I never blame a player for wanting to win. I know this increases the risk. “

There are no guarantees. The World Series Championship flag that flies at Dodger Stadium is a testament to the Dodgers’ success in hitting, serving and managing risk. Including the postseason, Urias has 196 innings this season. If he gets to 201 on Wednesday, with a win in his name, it will be a big win for the agent, pitcher and team.

Not necessarily in that order.

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