Dave Roberts reaffirmed Julio Urías for Game 4

Dave Roberts reaffirmed Julio Urías for Game 4

LOS ANGELES – Manager Dave Roberts reaffirmed Tuesday that Mexican left-hander Julio Urias will be the pitcher for the Los Angeles Dodgers in Game 4 of the National League Championship Series against the Atlanta Braves on Wednesday at Dodger Stadium.

“The plan is for Julio to start Game 4 and we’ll see Game 5. My focus is, our focus is, today,” Roberts said before the third clash of the old circuit final.

“I spoke with Julio, I went in, I played ball, I exercised, I had a great conversation with him and he feels very good physically and mentally, with everything,” added the North American pilot.

Roberts announced Urías to start Game 4 from the start of the series, but the plan was put on hold after he used the 25-year-old pitcher as a reliever Sunday at Truist Park in the second game of the playoff game.

In that appearance, Urías only used 14 pitches, but allowed the two runs that helped the Braves tie it 4-4 in the eighth inning.

Atlanta scored the return of the lead in the ninth, leaving the Dodgers on the field for the second straight matchday to take a 2-0 lead in the Championship Series for the second straight postseason.

In the fifth and decisive challenge of the Division Series against the San Francisco Giants, Roberts changed his mind at the last minute and decided to start the game with reliever Corey Knebel as the “opener” and used Urías for four innings as a middle reliever.

In his first season as a member of the Dodgers regular rotation, Urías was 20-3 with a 2.96 ERA and struck out 195 batters in 185.2 innings. The left-hander had 2-0, 2.45 and 12 strikeouts in 11 innings against Atlanta in the regular season.
Braves manager Brian Snitker reaffirmed his decision to have a bullpen day in Game 4.

“Yeah. We’ll probably see, we’ll evaluate after today to see how we’re going to do it,” Snitker said.

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