Why won’t Julio Urías start Game 5 against San Francisco? The Dodgers explain it

The change is part of the Dodgers' strategy

ANDl pitcher Julio Urías will not start the fifth game of the Los Angeles Dodgers against the San Francisco Giants, a life-or-death match for a pass to the MLB National League Championship Series, as announced by the Los Angeles team this Thursday morning. Instead of the Mexican, who started in each of his 33 appearances, Corey Knebel will be the pitcher at the start of the game.

“Corey is a guy I expected him to pitch tonight,” the Dodgers manager remarked., Dave Roberts, who added that the change to the game that brings with it the replacement of pitcher is part of the Dodgers’ strategy for this Thursday’s game.

The Movement of Uriah by Knebel forces the San Francisco Giants to make unexpected changes to their lineup, what can give the Dodgers the edge throughout the game. In the second game in the series, the Giants, who already knew in advance that Urías would open the game as usual, decided to place five right-handed batters against the left-handed pitcher to counter him..

Even if I don’t start the game as a pitcher, Roberts is sure that the Mexican will launch at a certain point in the meeting: “I hope he throws a lot tonight. And the only thing Julio cares about is winning the game. That’s what people will remember, not who started the game.”added the Dodgers manager.

Although the pitching change announcement surprised many, Giants manager Gabe Kapler could see it coming. “It definitely changes the way we think about the game today, but nothing out of the ordinary,” said Kapler.

The game of the night this Thursday It won’t be the first to open Corey Knebel; the pitcher made his first starts in four games during the regular season.

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