It’s hard to be underrated and a Cy Young runner-up at the same time. Yet, that is exactly what Dodgers left-hander Julio Urias is.
Urias helped close out the 2020 World Series championship team for the Dodgers and has since become one of the perennial pitchers of the MLB. Last season, Urias led the NL with a 2.16 ERA with a 17-7 record in 31 starts.
Easily the best season of his career, but still it feels like he’s only getting started. And the numbers are getting too loud for the media to ignore. Recently, LA utility man Chris Taylor was asked about Julio and how vocal the pitcher is in the clubhouse. CT3 sort of went off track to share his true thoughts for his pitcher.
“His English is getting better. He’s starting to talk more. But Julio is a great guy, everybody on the team loves him. And, obviously, I’m so happy for him, he had such an unbelievable year. We’re stoked to have him on the Dodgers and coming back with us next year. In my opinion, Julio’s the most underrated pitcher in baseball. The guy does it year in and year out and he’s never been an All-Star, we have to vote Julio into the All-Star Game next year — that has to happen.”
Urias not being selected into the 2022 All-Star game, let alone not even one for his entire career, is a crime. Urias exemplifies what every team wants out of a pitcher and what batters fear most.
While the Dodgers were searching for pitching help in free agency, part of the cushion for not breaking the bank is knowing they have a guy like Urias on the team. Urias will once again lead the charge giving fans something to be hopeful about.
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