Dodgers: Is Julio Urias Running Out of Gas? Will LA Use Him as Starter & Bullpen Weapon in Postseason?

Although Julio Urias had a strong start to September, he hasn’t been as dominant in his last two outings for the Dodgers. While he’s still been very solid, his velocity has been noticeably down in his last two starts.

Last week against the Diamondbacks, the velocity on his fastball was down -1.3 MPH and on Tuesday it was down -1.7 MPH from his season average of 94.1 MPH. Urias has more than doubled his career high in innings pitched with 174.1 through 30 starts. The most he had previously thrown was 79.2 IP back in 2019.

We discuss if Urias’ dip in velocity is cause for concern and how much he has left in the tank for the postseason. Plus, who should the Dodgers’ number three starter be for the postseason be between Julio Urias and Clayton Kershaw?

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Next, Julio Urias’ breakthrough 2020 postseason was one of the biggest reasons why LA would go on to end a 32-year World Series Championship drought. El Culichi’s 2.1-inning save in Game 6 of the 2020 World Series, came just three days after starting for LA in Game 4, where he allowed two runs on four hits, a walk, and nine strikeouts on 80 pitches in 4.2 innings of work. As a lights out weapon out of the pen, Urias went 13.1 IP in October without allowing a run. We discuss if the Dodgers could still use Urias as their secret weapon out of the bullpen for the upcoming postseason, or if they should use him exclusively as a starter.

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Doug McKain

Doug McKain is a lifelong Dodger fan and hosts Dodgers Nation’s “DNpostgame” show online. He also hosts Dodgers DougOut and the LA Sports Report on YouTube. DMAC is also a rabid Lakers fan, and lover of all Los Angeles sports.


  1. Well, Urias wouldn’t exactly be a “secret” weapon this time out, would he? At this point I am more worried about Buehler running out of gas. His ERA is four September starts is more than 7!

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