The Los Angeles Dodgers won at Coors Field against the Colorado Rockies on Wednesday, snapping a two-game losing streak against their divisional foes.
They took advantage of a great outing by one of their most dependable starters, Julio Urias, who pitched 5.1 frames while allowing three runs.
It wasn’t a vintage Urias outing, but it tells us two things: one, he has set the bar particularly high when we consider three runs in 5.1 frames a less-than-ideal start; and two: he was able to pick his team up and win in perhaps the hardest venue for pitchers.
With the All-Star Game closing in (it will be played in Los Angeles on July 19), the rosters are still being set.
Urias stands a great chance of participating in the Midsummer Classic.
He has the endorsement of a perennial All-Star and teammate: Freddie Freeman.
“Freddie Freeman on Julio Urías: “What he’s been doing all year, it’s been special. He got my All-Star vote today because he’s been pitching like one all year,” The Athletic’s Fabian Ardaya tweeted, quoting the slugger.
Freddie Freeman on Julio Urías: "What he's been doing all year, it's been special. He got my All-Star vote today because he’s been pitching like one all year."
— Fabian Ardaya (@FabianArdaya) June 30, 2022
Urias Deserves To Be An All-Star
Indeed, Urias numbers are definitely All-Star worthy.
In 15 starts and 81.2 innings, he has an incredible 2.64 ERA and 76 strikeouts.
His 1.03 WHIP is also elite and proves that getting a base hit or reaching base via walk against Urias is definitely hard.
The left-hander has been a steady presence in a rotation that has suffered several unexpected losses, both temporary and permanent, going back to last year.
At 1.32 homers per nine innings, he has been allowing a few more dingers than usual, but he remains a force and is still 25.
The Dodgers have one of the most reliable lefties in the National League.