Julio Urías has a good chance to reach 20 wins in 2021. If he can reach that mark, he would be the first Dodgers pitcher to do so since Clayton Kershaw in 2014. But although that number would be great, there are deeper concerns for Julio.
Urías has thrown 174.1 innings this season which is good for eighth in the National League. Julio’s career-high at the big league level was 79.2 innings in 2019, and his combined high between MLB and the minors is 122. That was before the Dodgers southpaw underwent major shoulder surgery.
On Tuesday night in Colorado, Julio once again showed signs of earing out. His fastball averaged just 92.4 mph, down from his season average of 94.1 mph. It was the second consecutive outing that Urias saw a dip. But the Dodgers hurler could not offer an explanation after his outing.
I feel great. Physically I feel great. I feel strong. I don’t really have a real good explanation for anything. I feel strong. I don’t think anything is missing. Obviously, the results tonight might not show it.
The results weren’t there for Julio, who gave up 4 runs across 6 innings of work in the no-decision. But he also got beat by a few bad luck plays, including a pair of runs in the 4th inning that came after Trea Turner could not make a play.
Dave Roberts also agreed that there wasn’t necessarily cause for concern…yet.
I don’t see the fatigue but certainly the fastball velocity does say something. But I do believe if he needs to reach back and get more he can.
Still, the velocity is going to be something to watch as the season winds down. With more innings on his arm than ever before, the Dodgers might need to give Julio some rest hearing into October. They’re certainly going to need him fresh and ready to go for the postseason.