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Dodgers News: Julio Urias Admits He Needs to Pitch Better

Julio Urias has struggled over his last two outings this season. After getting off to a hot start, sporting a 1.90 ERA through his first four starts, he’s had two of his worst starts in recent memory.

After allowing five earned runs on seven hits in 3.1 innings against the Cubs on Friday, Urias was back on the mound on Thursday against the Pirates hoping to get back on track. He did not.

Urias had a rough first inning — that wasn’t aided by Austin Barnes’ two-base error and the Pirates’ stolen bases — allowing three earned runs. Then, he settled in very nicely, and seemed to be cruising as he faced the minimum amount of batters over the next four innings.

But in the sixth inning, it all fell apart, as a walk to Andrew McCutchen seemed to rattle him. Urias allowed a two-run home run to Connor Joe, followed immediately by a solo shot from Rodolfo Castro. Urias didn’t end up getting out of the sixth, and raised his ERA to 4.41 on the year.

Urias was unsurprisingly very hard on himself after the game.

“It’s my execution and everything that comes with failing,” Urias said in Spanish. “I have to pitch better. That’s what I have to do. … I feel like I’m too inconsistent right now and I’m paying the price.”

Fabian Ardaya, The Athletic

Urias has now allowed back-to-back home runs in three consecutive games, which is a bit of a shocking statistic for someone as dominant as him. He’s also now gotten the loss in three straight outings, something he’s never done in his career. Last year, he lost three outings in four starts, but it’s never been three in a row.

Urias will look to get back on track next week, as he’s scheduled to take on the Philadelphia Phillies at Dodger Stadium on Tuesday, May 2. The Dodgers could really use a dominant outing from him — and I’m sure he’d love to get one, too.

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Noah Camras

Noah is an Editor for Dodgers Nation. He graduated from USC in 2022 with a B.A. in Journalism and minor in Sports Media Studies. He's been a Dodger fan his whole life, and his all-time favorite Dodgers are Matt Kemp and Russell Martin.

One Comment

  1. Pitchers are people, not machines like the analytics people think they are. Even the best have hickups and bad starts, even two in a row. It happens.

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