Julio Urías had a great chance to reach the 19-win mark on Tuesday night against the Rockies. With the Dodgers offense putting up 4 runs in his start, all he needed to do was hold Colorado to the 2 runs they had put up in the 4th inning.
Instead, a few bad luck plays and missed locations resulted in the Rockies tying it up. Julio left his start with the game tied and walked away with a no-decision in a game the Dodgers would win in extra-innings.
But Julio really wants to get to that 20-win mark this year. When asked after the Dodgers win if he would prefer to get 20 RBIs or 20 wins, the answer seemed pretty easy for the southpaw. Julio answered through an interpreter.
Reaching 20 wins would be a dream come true and is something I’m striving for.
Realistically, Julio will have 2 more starts before the Dodgers wrap up their regular season. That would mean that he needs to win both of those in order to reach 20 wins in 2021. But there is a little bit of a caveat there.
Urías has thrown more innings in 2021 than ever in his career, and that’s starting to show on his fastball velocity. The Dodgers could opt to have him skip his final start in order to rest him for the postseason, and that would make a 20-win season impossible.
But they could also choose to use him in relief during his final start, which could provide him with the opportunity to reach that mark. And in doing so, he would be the first Dodgers pitcher to reach 20 wins since Clayton Kershaw’s MVP season.