The Giants came into town with one of the best offenses in baseball. In the first matchup of the 2022 season, the Dodgers’ pitching came to play. That started with Julio Urias, who got his fifth start of the year after pitching well in his past three. So aside from a rough start in Colorado, Julio has been lights out.
But despite his run of success, the Dodgers didn’t trust him for long. Urias pitched into the 6th inning but was only at 65 pitches when Dave Roberts made the move. He had eclipsed 80 pitches in his last start and was at 75 in his start prior to that.
That led Dodgers fans to wonder why Doc was so quick to make the move. Especially after Julio had allowed just 4 hits and punched out 4 batters without allowing a walk. After the game, Roberts explained what led to him going with Brusdar Graterol after him.
“I thought the stuff was good, but I thought they were taking some good swings off him.There was some hard contact (the innings before). I felt that part of the lineup again, just to give them a different look.”
It didn’t quite work out for Roberts though. Graterol came in and allowed an infield single and a walk before inducing a soft groundout. That eventually led to a run when Alex Vesia came in and gave up the sacrifice fly. Luckily, he ended up punching out the next batter to get out of the jam.
But that has sort of been the case for starters this year with the Dodgers. With the exception of Walker Buehler, it seems like there has been an effort to avoid high pitching counts or to pull a starter before going through the heart of the order for the third time.
We’ll see if that continues on Wednesday night in Los Angeles, but as of right now, Dave Roberts has yet to announce a starting pitcher. There is a chance that the Dodgers go with a bullpen game given the day off on Thursday before the team heads out to Chicago.
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