Julio Urias has been one of the top performing Dodgers this year, and Chris Crawford breaks down why he should remain a fantasy ace for the remainder of the season.
CHRIS CRAWFORD: There are a lot of reasons the Dodgers are as good as they are, and Julio Urías obviously belongs on that list. He should be near the top of it for his work lately, as Urías has been dominant in the month of August. If you don't want to take my word for it, here are some numbers to back it up.
Five starts where he's allowed no more than a run, a 0.90 ERA, a 501 OPS allowed, and a 34 to 7 strikeout-to-walk ratio. After a bit of a middling start to the year, at least compared to some lofty expectations, Urías now has his season ERA down to 2.32. And the 26-year-old has deserved those results according to the advanced stats.
He ranks among the top hurlers in baseball in generating spin on his curveball and heater. And he's in the 80th percentile or better in avoiding hard hits, chase rate, expected slugging, and expected ERA, just to name a few. He's below average in generating whiffs, but those numbers tell you that it's not just good luck to put up the numbers that he has. Urías should remain a fantasy ace all year and one of the first pitchers off the board in 2023.