Urias Didn’t Pitch Well

Wednesday, March 3, 2021
Copyrighted by Sarah Morris, 2021

For the second consecutive day, the Los Angeles Dodgers had tied the Cincinnati Reds at four.

For the entire spring training, Dodger fans wanted to see World Series hero Julio Urìas. He pitched well during the postseason, and many Dodger fans wanted Urìas to become the Dodger closer.

These fans, probably casual, do not seem to remember that Urìas routinely had struggled in the first inning during the abbreviated 2020 season. After the troubled first inning, Urìas was usually brilliant.

Urìas’ first-inning troubles continued Wednesday night against the Reds. With this spring training, teams can quit any inning when a pitcher reaches his pitch-count.

After throwing 27 pitches and retiring two batters, manager Dave Roberts halted the first inning. His shoulder was flying open, preventing Urìas from using the inner half the strike zone. His control was not good.

Corey Knebel did not pitch well either. Roberts had quit the second inning before Knebel retired three batters.

Before Wednesday night, the Dodger pitching was brilliant. The pitchers had great control of all the pitches, and their high-quality pitches had tremendous movement. Wednesday, Scott Alexander pitched well in his 2021 spring training debut.

So far spring training, both Gavin Lux and Zack McKinstry have been impressive. Wednesday, Sheldon Neuse displayed an incredibly accurate throwing arm at third base. These players will add to the Dodger depth, which enabled them to have the best record in Major League Baseball for the 2019 and 2020 seasons. Wednesday, Chris Taylor made his 2021 spring training debut and made a fabulous defensive play at second base.

Joe Kelly has been dealing with shoulder soreness this spring training. He has yet thrown a bullpen session. Since it’s early in spring training, Kelly, a reliever, if his arm progresses normally, should be ready for Opening Day against the Colorado Rockies.

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