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Dodgers News: Dave Roberts Believes We’re About to See the Best Yet Out of Julio Urias

Before missing over a month due to a hamstring injury, Julio Urias hadn’t looked quite like the dominant force from the mound we saw in 2022. In 10 games, the 26-year-old held a 4.39 ERA, a poor start when juxtaposed with his 2.16 ERA posted the season before.

However, in the interest of not overreacting to one of the best starters in baseball’s relative slump, the best looks to be ahead for the young Dodgers star. Urias is preparing to return to the big leagues, and is set to start Saturday against the Royals in Kansas City.

Unsurprisingly, manager Dave Roberts is excited to see one of the best players on his roster back on the mound.

“It stabilizes the rotation. I mean, he’s a world champion pitcher,” Roberts said.

(Via @SportsNetLA)

Urias won the World Series with the Dodgers in 2020, with a 1.17 ERA across 23 innings.

After getting swept at home by the San Francisco Giants, the Dodgers have gone on to win five of their last six games — including three shutouts. With a banged-up starting rotation, the Dodgers have made do with what they have as of late.

The Dodgers used seven different pitchers in their shutout of the Angels last week. Rookie Emmet Sheehan continued to impress. And Tuesday, Clayton Kershaw threw for six innings and only gave up one hit and one walk.

While the Dodgers sit in second place in the NL West, a disappointment for a team favored to win the World Series before Opening Day, they have the chance to ride a hot streak into the All-Star break. Urias’ return would serve as a welcome boost to a team that is already starting to heat back up.

“I think he’s going to come back with a vengeance. This year was certainly highly-anticipated for him. It hasn’t gone the way he had expected, so I think he’s going to be on a mission.”

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Patrick Warren

Patrick Warren is a recent graduate of the University of Southern California who works to cover the Los Angeles Dodgers with Dodgers Nation. Warren is originally from Chattanooga, TN and is currently based out of Buffalo, NY.

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