Everyone is brimming with excitement over the Dodgers finally calling up super pitching prospect 19-year old Julio Urias. The left handed wonder kid is expected to do all kinds of wonderful things for the Dodgers including make up over five games in the standings in one night. He’ll also solve world hunger and bring peace to the Middle East. Ok, maybe not all that. But if you are expecting for the kid to come in and immediately solve all of the Dodger’s problems this season then you are probably sorely mistaken. The Dodgers have a lot to work on if they want to catch the Giants this summer, and Urias is not going to be able to fix everything, especially the offensive issues the Dodgers have had all season.
Our friends over at Numberfire agree. Don’t get me wrong, Urias is going to be great. It’s super exciting watching him finally get his shot and see him potentially develop into an ace. All I am saying is we should probably be tempering our expectations a bit.
Everyone always repeats about how Urias has never pitched more than 87 innings at any level of professional baseball. I still believe letting him pitch will do more good than limiting him. We can still expect for the Dodgers to have him on a strict innings and pitch count limit tonight and throughout the season. If Urias sticks around that is. I would not expect for Urias to go more than 6 innings tonight during his debut.
The question is if this will be his only start or not? Will the Dodgers allow Urias to stay in the rotation? Or will the youngster be shipped back to Oklahoma City to continue his development? He’s essentially making a spot start because Alex Wood has a sore arm. This is what the club announced. Wood’s next start has been pushed back until the Chicago series. With Hyun-jin Ryu nearing a return from his rehab assignment the Dodgers may not have many spots open in the rotation. My guess is he gets sent down again unless he absolutely amazes tonight. Either way the game tonight is going to be fascinating to watch.
Of course as I noted above, Urias can’t drive in runs for the Dodgers. He can’t hit and he can’t hold leads late in games. He’s not a solution to the offensive woes, and he’s not a solution to the bullpen mess. He is a solution to solidifying the rotation. That’s one thing he can do.
It’s important not to put too much pressure on the kid. This is only his first start and he’s making it in hostile territory. The one-eyed kid with the golden arm has to face the Mets in New York. This is the kind of game we live for as baseball fans.
I am super stoked to see Urias getting his shot. Let’s not talk about him like he’s some kind of savior. Remember the Dodgers still have a lot of problems to work on and a lot of ground to make up in the standings if they want to catch the Giants in the NL West. So watch with the excitement, but give the kid a break.