Mexico took down Canada in Wednesday’s win-and-in World Baseball Classic game, and will now be getting set for their matchup in the quarterfinals. After starting the first game for Mexico on Saturday, Julio Urias is set to get the ball again in the quarterfinals.
The pitch count in the group stages of the WBC for pitchers was 65 pitches, but in the quarterfinal round, it goes up to 80. While Mexico (and I’m sure Urias) would love to get all 80 of those pitches out of the superstar left-hander, the Dodgers will reportedly have a say in that pitch count. That’s according to Mexico’s manager Benji Gil, per MLB insider Bob Nightengale.
Urias threw 62 pitches in his first start, so I can’t imagine him not being able to get into the 70s in this one. However, it is nice to know that Gil is very understanding of ensuring the safety of the superstar pitcher, and this isn’t even the first time he’s proven that.
On Wednesday, ahead of Mexico’s huge game against Canada, Gil made it clear that no matter how much Urias wanted to play in the game, he would not let him enter the game on short rest.
So, yet again, Gil is putting the player and the Dodgers first, which is something you love to see. But even if Gil didn’t want him to have a pitch count, the rules of the WBC would have forced Urias to remain at 80, anyway.
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