TAfter making the last out that gave the Dodgers the World Series title in 2020, Sinaloan Julio Urías is back with the Los Angeles team, seeking 2021 with the same intensity.
The Mexican southpaw reported to training camps in Glendale, Arizona, from day one, and he did so with a renewed physique that was visible to all.
Today I saw Julio, it was nice to see him again, and to see him that well, “said manager Dave Roberts. “He looks much better than last year, you can see that he took good care of himself in the offseason, and that gives me pleasure, because, despite having a great year, he worried about being better.”
Perhaps Urías’s rush to get in better shape is preceded by tough competition for a spot in the Dodgers’ starting rotation. Julio was the fourth starter last year, and rookies Tony Gonsolin and Dustin May put him in competition, and they are joined by David Price, who gave up playing in 2020 due to the pandemic and the hiring of Trevor Bauer, in addition to Jimmy Nelson, who came as a free agent.
I have eight potential starters, for five spots in the rotation, ”Roberts said in his first Spring Training conference. “Really, right now, I’m not worried about it, I want to see everyone talk to everyone and later on we will decide how we are going to work in the season.”
JANSEN, THE CLOSER
Despite multiple criticisms for his performances in the World Series, Roberts said that Curaçao pitcher Kenley Jansen will remain as the Dodgers’ closer for this next season.
In 2020, Jansen had a regular season with a 3.33 ERA in 27 appearances; he had 11 saves in 13 chances, and even in the postseason he was ahead without missing a save chance in his first six interventions, but in the World Series against the Tampa Bay Rays, he struggled again.
He is our man, ”Roberts said. “I understand that perhaps the fan can still have a fresh memory of some bad performances, but we are thinking today, and currently he is our best arm in the bullpen.
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