Dodgers News: Julio Urias Feeling ‘Strong’ Despite Fastball Velocity Dropping
Julio Urias
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Julio Urias got through three perfect innings against the Colorado Rockies but ultimately allowed four runs on seven hits. He finished with five strikeouts but again pitched with a fastball velocity that was short of his season average for a second consecutive start.

“I feel great. Physically, I feel great. I feel strong,” Urias said through an interpreter after the Dodgers’ 5-4 win in 10 innings. “I don’t really have a good explanation for anything. I especially feel good after outings, which is really encouraging. As far as everything physically, I feel great.”

Urias’ fastball averaged 92.9 mph against the Arizona Diamondbacks last week, which was down from his 94.1 mph season average. It dipped more against the Rockies, clocking in at 92.4 mph.

The natural explanation would be Urias’ 174.1 innings pitched this season already far and away being the most he has ever thrown. His previous career high was 79.2 innings during the 2019 regular season. Last year, Urias logged 78 frames between the shortened regular season and expanded playoffs.

“I don’t think anything is missing,” answered Urias when asked if his stuff has diminished because of workload.

“The results didn’t show that, but there was some weak hits, some weak contact on some balls. Some balls obviously were hit hard and throughout the night it was a mix and match. But at the same time, you kind of just see the results and hits, it’s not like they’re putting great pieces of hitting or strong hits together. It’s more or less just part of how the game works.”

Roberts not concerned with Urias

Dodgers manager Dave Roberts previously downplayed any concern over Urias’ fastball velocity and innings this season, and reiterated that stance Tuesday.

“Certainly the fastball has been down. I think we’re managing him pretty well as far as where he’s at. I don’t see the fatigue,” Roberts said. “Certainly the fastball velocity says something, but I do believe if he needs to reach back and get more, he can.

“To pitch in the big leagues you need a little bit more than just the fastball, and Julio has shown that. He was the victim of some bad luck. I still think he’s throwing the baseball extremely well.”

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