When he takes the mound for Wednesday evening’s NLCS Game 4 against the Chicago Cubs, Los Angeles Dodgers’ left-hander Julio Urias will become the youngest starting pitcher in postseason history. At 20 years and 68 days old, he will surpass Bret Saberhagen, who started Game 2 of the 1984 ALCS for the Kansas City Royals at 20 years and 175 days old.
However, Urias has already found his place on youngest to do so-and-so lists this postseason.
When the up-and-comer earned the win in Game 5 of the NLDS after pitching two scoreless innings in relief, he became the youngest pitcher to ever earn a postseason win. In that same game, he became the fourth-youngest pitcher to ever appear in the postseason.
Up 2-1 against the favored Cubs, the Dodgers will hope that the club will get the Urias who faced the Cubs in August and not the performance they received in the second start of his career back in June. On August 27th, the Dodgers beat the Cubs 3-2 in Los Angeles in a game in which Urias started. He tossed six innings and gave up only one run on six hits and two walks while striking out eight Cubs’ hitters. In the second start of his career, he lasted five innings against the Cubs at Wrigley Field. In that game, he gave up six runs, including five earned, on eight hits and three home runs.
After several rough outings to begin his big league career, Urias became the pitcher scouts loved during his minor league tenure. In the second half of the season, he made 10 appearances, including seven starts, and posted a 1.99 ERA across 40.2 innings pitched. He struck out nearly one batter per inning in the second half as well.