Julio Urias finished up an incredible 2022 season, and has been arguably the best pitcher in baseball over the last two years. Despite his dominance, however, he’s yet to get the respect that comes with being one of the league’s top aces.
Sandy Alcantara seems to be the heavy favorite to win the NL Cy Young, and don’t get me wrong, he’s been great this season. But why isn’t Urias being included in the conversation as much?
Along with guest, MLB Network’s own Alanna Rizzo, our Doug McKain broke it all down, and dove into Urias’ case to win the Cy Young award.
Here’s the key takeaway from Rizzo… Julio was the best pitcher on the best team in baseball that actually went to the playoffs, unlike Alcantara and the Marlins.
[Julio] stepped up in the absence of Walker Buehler, Clayton Kershaw, Dustin May Tony Gonsolin — you know, this is a guy who has been money. Yes, Sandy Alcantara is a guy with nasty, nasty stuff, but I guess it depends on what you value. … I think the edge (in Cy Young worthiness) goes to Julio.
Urias finished the year with a 17-7 record, a 2.16 ERA and 166 strikeouts in 175 innings. He became the first Mexican-born pitcher to lead the league in ERA, and boasted a league-best 1.26 ERA in the second half of the season.
Alcantara may win the award, but it should be much closer than a lot of people are making it out to be.
Do you think Urias should win the Cy Young over Alcantara? And do you think he’s the most disrespected player in the league? Let us know in the comments below!