The 2022 Dodgers make their mark in club history by winning a franchise-record 107th game on Wednesday night took its place.
And, fittingly, they might have their most important player — and pitcher, of course — do it on the mound.
In a constant transition to pitching for the Dodgers in an injury-plagued season, Julio Urias continues to be the team’s mainstay, his ace, in the The Dodgers played six scoreless innings in a 1-0 win over the San Diego Padres, cementing his place in the team’s rotation as the playoffs loomed.
While Freddie Freeman’s RBI single was in the 10th, Tommy Kahnler’s save in the second half ensured the Dodgers’ record-setting win, but Uriah The performance of the Struggle is the best omen for their prospects in the playoffs.
Urias will next occupy the Rockies on the mound in Tuesday’s penultimate regular-season game against the Colorado Dodgers. Notably, according to manager Dave Roberts, Clayton Kershaw will play the season finale the next day, placing Kershaw ahead of Urias for entry behind the playoffs.
So far, Roberts has been reluctant to name Urias as the Dodgers’ first starter in the National League Division Series, which will start on October 11 Day starts at Dodger Stadium.
On Wednesday, he only confirmed that Urias and Kershaw will be the starters for Games 1 and 2.
“I don’t think we can go wrong,” Roberts said. “We can move it if we see fit.”
Soon, though, the Dodgers will have to choose.
Unless they decide to change the pitching order during the five-day break before the NLDS, it will be the 26-year-old southpaw, who has the best ERA in the NL, in the playoffs Throw the first pitch.
“My whole focus is on the next game against Colorado,” Urias said through an interpreter. “After that, we’ll have a conversation.”
Urias did look important Wednesday, scattering six singles and two walks while repeatedly getting rid of Hazards – including two – openings, one out in the first and second innings, and one out in the sixth inning with a runner.
This outing lowered his NL-leading ERA to 2.17.
As the regular season wraps up, which also provides more confidence boosts, Urias once again proved that he has developed into a pitcher the Dodgers can trust in October.
“He won it,” Roberts said. “Not even this year. Started extending the belt last year. But this year, [it’s been] the way he’s efficient, the way he’s administrative, the way he takes care of himself, the preparation, all those things. And, obviously, the performance.”
Indeed, after being limited to a mixed role early in his career due to injury and inconsistency, Urias began to blossom in the middle of last season. He simplified his mechanics by switching to full-time stretch delivery. He unlocked more reliable command and life with his arsenal.
posted a 1.71 ERA in his last 13 starts in 2021, becoming baseball’s best in the process After the only 20-game winner, Urias used another strong half of the season to jump into the Cy Young Award discussion.
In addition to having the best ERA in the NL, he ranks second in the league in wins among qualified pitchers (he’s still 17-7) and batting average, walks per inning And third in hits and eighth in strikeouts.
Only his 18th-ranked 170 innings pitching is likely to put him behind Cy Young favorite Sandy Alcantara of the Miami Marlins.
“I’m not really worried about what people say or honor or anything like that,” Urias said. “I’m just focused on doing my job.”
Still, Roberts said he felt Urias had been overlooked in the national conversation, reiterating that Wednesday often Links between the two countries cited. Urias’ neglected form and the pitcher’s new intensity during and between each game.
“I think, to me, there’s a little [feeling] that he’s being looked down upon in the industry,” Roberts said. “So I think there’s something in there, that competitor in you who wants to prove everybody wrong.”
Of course, the Dodgers didn’t always put Uria Treated as trump card.
Despite his stellar performance last year, the team placed him third in the playoff rotation and then toyed with his October usage to get him in the NLDS Trailing the opener in Game 5, then rescued him from the bullpen in Game 2 of the NLCS. Urias never raised the issue publicly.
Still, it’s clear that Urias will be asked to take on more responsibility this postseason — Roberts says the team has no plans to take him out of the bullpen or change his role in the rotation.
Instead, they seem to finally be ready to see Urias as a real ace, and will likely make him a starter for their first game.
“I want to focus on finishing the season, throwing another game and doing my best,” Urias said. “From there, we’ll see what happens.”
reliever Yency Almonte returned Wednesday with a scoreless eighth inning after missing nearly two months with an elbow injury. Phil Bickford is on the injured list due to shoulder fatigue.
Justin Turner could be out for a few days with a swollen left calf. The problem originated in last week’s doubles game against the Arizona Diamondbacks and was exacerbated by a landslide during Tuesday’s game in San Diego.
This story originally appeared in the Los Angeles Times.