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Dodgers News: Roberts Doesn’t Anticipate Being Desperate Enough to Use Urias Tonight

After Doc pulled Tony Gonsolin in the second inning yesterday, replacing him with Heaney, fans started to wonder what would happen if Tyler Anderson gets pulled early from Game 4.

Who would take the cleanup spot? Last year, Doc gave Julio Urias a relief opportunity in the NLCS but the possibility of that happening again during this series was shut down immediately. 

At least Doc is being the optimist with the expectation for the team to force a game 5. So if (and when) they do, the Dodgers will have their ace on the mound in a critical elimination game. 

Plus, Dave Roberts seems fairly confident in the Dodgers bullpen this postseason. Last night the bullpen put together 9 strikeouts and only allowed 1 run on 3 hits across 6 and 2/3 innings.

Urias’ most recent outing was in Game 1 of the NLDS series where the Dodgers secured a 5-3 win. On the defensive side, Urias delivered a crucial performance striking out 6 and allowing 3 runs on 4 hits and 3 errors across his 5 innings pitched. 

In the regular season, Urias posted a 2.16 ERA, the second-best in the entire MLB. He delivered 166 strikeouts across his 175 innings of work to contribute to the team’s franchise-best 111 wins this regular season. 

Notably, the 26-year-old southpaw was also the team’s ace in the iconic 2020 postseason where he put together a 4-0 record, 1.17 ERA, and appeared in 6 games allowing only 11 runs while delivering 29 strikeouts across 23 innings. And finishing it out with a ring was quite a beautiful ending. 

Let’s just hope the team can give Urias that Game 5 start and we’ll most likely see that October magic once again from El Culichi. 

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Kristilyn Hetherington

Kristilyn is a student at Azusa Pacific University pursuing a B.A. in Journalism with a concentration on sports. She worked for her high school newspaper as Editor in Chief for three years and has been working here since July 2022. She also works for the Sports Information Office at her college and has served as a Student-Athlete Representative for the Student Government at APU. She was recently inducted into the National Journalism Honor Society, Kappa Tau Alpha, and has written a few pieces for the school newspaper and magazine. She's an avid sports lover and is excited to continue growing and learning in this field.

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