Father of Julio Urias Driving from his home in Sinaloa, Mexico to Phoenix overnight for 13 hours, his 18-year-old son made his spring training debut and made a scoreless appearance on December 3rd innings. Dodgers March 2015.
So you can imagine how painful it would be without Carlos Urias. Globe Life Field On Saturday night, the 24-year-old Dodgers left-handed Julio made the biggest start of his life in Game 4 of the World Series with Tampa Bay.
“My dad, he’s a baseball addict. We’re always in touch,” Urias said in Spanish before Game 3 on Friday night. “I got advice from him. He is the coach who knows me best. He knows when I am right and when I am wrong and really has a good moment we spent together. Remember. He is my coach and I am his player. “
Urías said no one of his family and friends in Mexico could travel to Texas for the World Series. “Now I’m alone,” he said.
He is not alone mentally. Urías said his Mexican family and friends “watched every day and gave me a good atmosphere,” and said they could feel their support.
“When I was able to talk to my dad [Thursday] At night, listen to messages from people I know who have been with me since I was young and have been near me and watched me play. That’s the motivation, “Urias said. “It ’s a good way to go out. [Saturday] Give 100% of yourself. “
Urías is one of the Dodgers’ best pitchers in the postseason, with an ERA of 0.56 and a 4-0 ERA in four games, one start, 16 batting averages, three walks and .366 on his opponent. Limited to Base Plus. -Slugging percentage.
After defeating Atlanta 15-3 in Game 3 of the National League Championship Series, throwing five one-run innings and the best 101 pitches of his career, Urías is back with a three-day rest. Nail the last nine outs On Sunday night, the NLCS Clinching 4-3 Game 7 beat the Braves.
“I always knew the potential of Julio.” Dodgers Catcher Austin Barnes Said. “His attitude and temperament. I thought he was made for this kind of baseball. He’s not scared, that’s for sure. We love when Julio is there. He I’m making a big pitch and throwing some big innings. “
Urías made three relief appearances at 2018 World Series Against Boston, but this is the start of his first series.
“The plans and routines are a little different,” Urias said he knew when to pitch. “You can ponder more and better understand what you have to do. But I like both the starting and mitigating roles. Now that I have a little experience with both, also I’m happy to have another opportunity. “
With the start of Game 4, Urias can rest assured that he will have a three-day rest in Potential Game 7 on Wednesday, as he did in the NLCS, or perhaps a two-day rest in Potential Game 6.
The Dodgers would not have made such a request during the first four years of his career. Urías joined the big league as a teenager in 2016, and after returning from a major shoulder surgery in 2018, he closely monitored his appearance, innings and pitch counts for a year.
But Manager Dave Roberts The Dodgers said he had removed the “children’s gloves” with Urias’ handling, which he rarely complains about, although he sometimes rubbed under the team’s heavy workload.
“I think we can argue whether we paid too much attention to him or didn’t push him enough, but as a manager, I’m grateful to Julio for a great career,” Roberts said. .. “And I think the foundation for his early care is … part of it. It’s not easy for the organization. What we did was best for him and his career. Thank you for understanding him. “
There is a snub there
Houston Manager Dusty Baker He was so impressed with Rays’ defense in the seven-game American League Championship series that he “probably could have seen nine Gold Glove in that defense now.”
There is nothing this year. When Rawlings announced the Gold Glove finalists on Thursday, none of the three leading candidates in any AL position was a Rays player.
The most shocking omission is Kevin KiermaierHe has won three Gold Glove Awards and one Platinum Globe Award and was one of the best defense center fielders in the game for seven years.
“My first reaction was very surprising,” Kiermaier said. “And after that feeling left me, I was disappointed, I was upset. I feel that this year’s defensive work was underestimated. I was never perfect. But I thought it was so good that it wasn’t considered the top three … I don’t know. ”
Said Rays Manager Kevin Cash: “You can see KK play every night. As far as I am concerned, he is the best defensive player in any field.”
Managers and coaches usually vote for awards, but in the reduced pandemic 60-game season, Rawlings aggregates batting defense indicators because teams are limited to games in the area. American Baseball) Decided to rely only on the defense index. Ball position data and account for each play.
“I don’t know what number the computer is looking at, but I think it was wrong,” Kiermaier said. “I would lie if I said I wasn’t angry about it, but I’m doing better now playing in the World Series. It’s okay.”
Diego CastilloRaised in Cabrera, Dominican Republic, Raise Closer was asked if he had any favorite memories of the World Series when he was young.
“Unfortunately, I couldn’t watch many games because I didn’t have TV,” said 26-year-old Castillo. “But I’ve loved baseball since I was a kid. When Boston was in the World Series with Pedro Martinez and all the other players. [David Ortiz, Manny Ramirez] From Dominican Republic, I want to go there. “