2 Dodgers who've exceeded expectations through 50 games and 2 who've fallen short
By Drew Koch
Julio Urías has fallen short of expectations for the Dodgers
For as much heat at Thompson is catching for his performance in the batters' box, starting pitcher Julio Urías, who just landed on the IL, deserves just as much criticism for how poorly he's performed on the mound.
Sure, Urias is second on the team behind only Clayton Kershaw in strikeouts this season, but he's allowed more runs than Noah Syndergaard. The right-hander has allowed 28 runs to dent the plate and is carrying a 4.39 ERA.
Now, that's not awful if he were the Dodgers No. 4 or No. 5 starter, but Urías is LA's ace. The left-hander won the ERA Title in the National League last season and, entering free agency this upcoming offseason, many were expecting an epic contract year.
Urías has been victimized by the long ball this season. He has already allowed 14 home runs and, according to FanGraphs, the left-hander's HR/FB is 20%. That means one out of every five fly balls that Urias allows is leaving the yard. That number is nearly double what it was in 2022.
Let's hope the 26-year-old uses his time on the IL to reset because he'll need to be a co-ace at the very least if the Dodgers hope to make a run this year.