Dodgers starting pitcher Julio Urias secured his Major-League leading 17th victory during Friday’s series opener against the San Diego Padres.
The 25-year-old lefty tossed seven scoreless innings, striking out seven in a 3-0 victory over San Diego.
Dodgers skipper Dave Roberts raved about his star pitcher’s ascension to one of the league’s premier arms, citing his maturity as a huge factor in his growth as a player.
“He’s a frontline starter,” Roberts said of Urias. “When he takes the baseball, we expect him to win and for him to go deep [on Friday night] shows that growth and maturity. I can’t say enough about him.”
It’s hard for anyone to deny the dominant season that star right-hander Walker Buehler is having when it comes to end of the year accolades.
Buehler has been in the discussion as a potential Cy Young Award winner throughout the second half of the season and rightfully so.
And sharing the mound with the likes of Buehler and Max Scherzer has made it easy for many to overlook the astonishing year that Urias is having.
Nevertheless, the 2020 postseason hero has undoubtedly been one of the more valuable players on the Dodgers quest for a title defense this year.
In 28 games started, Urias owns an eye-popping 17-3 record with 175 Ks and 1.03 WHIP in 2021. On top of that, he currently possesses a 2.98 ERA, 10th-best in baseball.