Truth be told, no one had his combination of length and quality: he led the circuit in innings pitched and it wasn’t particularly close.
Urias has been one of the best and most consistent hurlers in the league in the last few years.
In the last four seasons, his highest ERA has been 3.27, and it came in the shortened pandemic campaign.
He finished seventh in the 2021 NL Cy Young vote, and managed to improve that to a third-place finish this year.
“Julio Urías finishes third in Cy Young voting for the National League. He didn’t receive a first place vote and received only seven second place votes. He led the NL in ERA (2.16),” Dodgers insider Blake Harris tweeted.
Julio Urías finishes third in Cy Young voting for the National League
He didn't receive a first place vote and received only seven second place votes
He led the NL in ERA (2.16)
— Blake Harris (@BlakeHarrisTBLA) November 16, 2022
That last number is the most important one in his profile.
He Managed To Improve His Incredible 2021 Numbers
After having an incredible 2.96 ERA last year and being the league’s sole 20-game winner, Urias improved.
Yes: he won “just” 17 games (which is a lot these days), but he dropped his earned run average to a microscopic 2.16 in 175 innings.
That’s insane production.
If it weren’t for Alcantara, Urias would have had an excellent chance to take home his first Cy Young.
It wasn’t meant to be in 2022, but guess what?
Urias is still, somehow, 26.
He will have plenty of additional shots to win the Cy Young.
He is already one of the very best pitchers his country, Mexico, has seen.
He is shooting to become one of the best in Dodgers history.