Just a month ago, it seemed like the FA season was ruined. However, in the summer of August, the dream of a jackpot was revived as it was completely revived. The green light was also turned on for the Los Angeles Dodgers’ championship challenge.
Dodgers left-handed pitcher Julio Urias (27) started in a home game against the Colorado Rockies on the 14th (hereinafter Korean time), 7 innings, 4 hits (1 home run), 1 walk, 12 strikeouts and 3 runs. led The Dodgers, who recently won 8 games in a row, ran 1st in the National League West Division with 71 wins and 46 losses (.607 win rate).
Although he gave up 3 runs, including a two-run home run to Alan Trejo in the 4th inning, he showed off his overwhelming pitch by striking out 12 strikeouts, the most by a person. 5-6 consecutive ‘KKK’ innings, striking out 7 batters in a row up to 1 out in the 7th inning. Highest 94.1 miles (151.4 km), average 92.2 miles (148.4 km) Four-seam fastball (40), slub (29), change-up (16), cutter (3), threw four types of pitches evenly and struck out. .
With this victory, Yurias, who achieved double-digit multipliers for three consecutive years, marked 10 wins and 6 losses with an average ERA of 4.35 and 99 strikeouts in 18 games (99⅓ innings) of the season. On the 20th of last month, he collapsed with 8 runs in 5 innings against the Baltimore Orioles, bringing his ERA, which soared to 5.02, down to the early and mid-4 range.
It came alive in August. Following the Oakland Athletics match on the 4th (5 scoreless innings) and the Arizona Diamondbacks match on the 9th (6 scoreless innings), the average ERA was 1.50. He only walked two while striking out 22 in 18 innings.
According to ‘MLB.com’, Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said before the game, “Urias has to throw like an ace to have a chance to win the World Series this year.” Yurias responded to the expectations with a pitch that matched him.
After the game, Yurias said, “Baseball is a game with many ups and downs. I showed a consistent appearance over the past two seasons, but this year the consistency has fallen due to several problems. But now, physically and mentally, I am in good shape, and I am on the right track.” Coach Roberts also said, “Urias showed off his sharp pitch while concentrating throughout the game. I could see his determination. He was efficient and aggressive enough to throw up to eight innings. It was what we needed.”
Yurias, who led the Dodgers to the top in 32 years by saving 2⅓ innings in the 2020 World Series Game 6 winning game, won the most wins in the National League (NL) with 20 wins in 2021, and last year with 17 wins and an average ERA of 1 I got the above (2.16). He ranked 7th and 3rd in the NL Cy Young Award, establishing himself as one of the league’s top starters. After this season, he becomes a free agent, and he is young in his late 20s, so he is considered the next best free agent after Shohei Ohtani (LA Angels).스포츠토토
However, he was sidelined for a month and a half due to a hamstring injury in mid-May, and even after his return, he could hardly recover. Just a month ago, the free agent value seemed to be falling with an average ERA of 5 points, but it is rebounding sharply in August. Manager Roberts said, “Urias himself knows that he has not performed as well as expected so far. But if you finish very well, you can make it a great year. There is still a lot of baseball left,” he said, looking forward to the rest of the season and fall baseball.
MLB.com also emphasized, “There will be no pitcher more important than Urias in the Dodgers’ October success.” Clayton Kershaw is back from injury, and there is Lance Lynn, who was brought in by trade, but they are veterans past their prime. Rookie fireballer Bobby Miller lacks experience. Urias, who has both skills and experience, should hold the center. The Dodgers, who sprinted to 12 wins and 1 loss in August and solidified themselves as the No. 1 in the district, are in an mood to relieve their worries about the fall baseball ace card with the resurrection of Yurias.