One of the biggest reasons the Los Angeles Dodgers got over the hump and won the World Series in 2020 was the emergence of Julio Urias, who was absolutely lights out in the postseason.
Urias signed with the Dodgers out of Mexico at just 16 years of age and immediately drew comparisons to Fernando Valenzuela, another great left-handed Mexican pitcher who took L.A. by storm in the 1980s.
While it took Urias a while to reach that level due to some injuries, he finally was able to carve out his own legacy in a Dodger uniform with a tremendous showing during the team’s 2020 postseason run.
Urias was a member of the starting rotation throughout the regular season but really showed off his versatility in October, succeeding in whatever role was asked of him. In six postseason appearances (two starts), Urias pitched to an incredible 1.17 ERA and 0.65 WHIP, striking out 29 compared to just four walks in 23 total innings.
Included in that was three perfect innings to close out Game 7 of the National League Championship Series against the Atlanta Braves, and then he did it again in the World Series, pitching 2.1 perfect innings to finish Game 6 against the Tampa Bay Rays.
One way L.A. sports fans celebrate greatness is with murals across the city. After the World Series, one popped up of Urias and he recently had the opportunity to visit it, per MLB Mexico:
— MLB México (@MLB_Mexico) November 24, 2020
Urias was not the only Dodgers player to have a mural painted of them in L.A. this season as there also is one of Joe Kelly’s infamous pouty face after throwing at and then striking out Houston Astros shortstop Carlos Correa.
Kelly also had the opportunity to visit the one of him, and perhaps the coolest part of it all is that both he and Urias were wearing jerseys of another L.A. legend, Kobe Bryant, when they checked out their murals.
Urias happy Kershaw finally won World Series
While Urias was the one on the mound for the final out in the World Series, he recently expressed happiness that teammate Clayton Kershaw won his first championship.
Kershaw is the latest great Dodger pitcher that will be headed for Cooperstown one day, and who knows, at the rate Urias is going, he could be next as well.
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