Julio Urías once again had a rough start to the game in his outing for the Dodgers on Thursday. Like he has done so many times this year, Urías gave up runs in the 1st inning and fell behind early. But also like he has done all year, Urias rebounded and ended up pitching a pretty good game en route to their win.
Urías came out and threw 26 pitches in the first inning. He allowed two runs to come across and the Rockies got up on the Dodgers almost immediately. What did he do after that? He retired 13 consecutive batters and left the game in the bottom of the 6th on a tie ballgame. The Dodgers would then pour on 7 runs in the following innings and take the win.
But the issue of the 1st inning just highlights what has been a major issue for Julio in 2020. In his first inning of work this year, Urías owns a 9.00 ERA. After the first inning, that drops all the way off to just a 2.38 ERA. The Dodgers’ southpaw falling behind in the count and throwing a lot of pitches has been a big part of that.
But for Dodgers’ manager Dave Roberts, he sees a little bit more to the equation.
We’ve gotta continue to talk through it and make adjustments. You saw the velocity sitting at 93 early and as he got into the game, the velocity started to tik up and the breaking ball had more depth to it. So we gotta keep working and Julio understands that too…like all of our pithers, he’s gotta be ready from the first pitch…I think it’s still the warmup or ramp up it whatever that is.
The Dodgers have several guys that could possibly be considered for a playoff start during this postseason. Tony Gonsoln has certainly made his case, as has Dustin May despite an injury. For Julio to get that shot, he would really have to clean up the first inning.