Told ya so!
Of course, we do understand the trepidation, though. After five months of patiently waiting to defend a World Series victory, it was not particularly joyful to watch an Opening Day slog, lowlighted by Cody Bellinger running his way into an out despite leaving the yard.
Thanks in large part to these unsung heroes, though, the Dodgers are now firmly on the right track following their first four-game set of the new season.
Of course the Dodgers can hit — this wasn’t a question even on Opening Day, a disaster we’d rather soon forget but one that included a decent run-scoring effort (amid much stupidity).
They proved in the games that followed, though, that they’ve added a few new run suppliers this offseason, and we also learned Dave Roberts made the correct decision in his first major roster move of the 2021 season.
Things were bound to stabilize in the days that followed the opener, but it may have happened more quickly than we expected thanks to these three standouts.
The Dodgers can thank these 3 surprise players for their winning streak.
3. Julio Urias
One start into the 2021 campaign, Julio Urias has grabbed the fourth starter role by the horns with some flat-out dominance in the toughest road ballpark to pitch in this league has ever seen.
So…not bad, huh?
For the first time in his career on Sunday, Urias went seven innings, allowing just three hits and one run (an inherited runner who scored thanks to Jimmy Nelson) while striking out six. David Price must’ve been proud looking on from the bullpen; after all, he sacrificed his starts in the spotlight to make outings like this from Urias into a reality.
Snatching a series victory from the jaws of a likely split, Urias took the baton from both Trevor Bauer and Walker Buehler, who dominated en route to victory in the games prior (though Bauer unraveled late and Buehler’s bullpen got his win secured).
In an objective examination of the first four starts of the 2021 season, Urias’ was…the most dominant? He never ran out of steam like the tightly-wound Bauer, and he wasn’t victimized by the long ball in seven full innings spent at a hitters’ haven.
Tony Gonsolin’s IL stint has only made Urias’ dominance more important for the first month or two of this season, and making the most impressive start of any member of the Dodgers rotation certainly qualifies you for plaudits here.