Whicker: Julio Urías gives Dodgers confidence in NLDS Game 5

Before he even threw a regular-season pitch this season, Julio Urías had a 3-0 lead.

It sort of went on from there.

Urías took that 3-0 lead into the eighth inning in Colorado and picked up the first of his 20 victories. He became the first to do that in the National League since Max Scherzer in 2016 for Washington.

There were no countdowns or trumpets, because a pitcher’s W is considered a relic, like a Polaroid or the single-wing.

Why, look at the runs he got. Six times in those 32 starts, the Dodgers scored nine or more runs for Urias. When he was on the mound and his stats are extrapolated through 27 outs, the Dodgers scored 6.4 runs per start. He won eight times when he didn’t have a quality start.

It means Urías isn’t a serious Cy Young Award candidate like teammates Scherzer and Walker Buehler. It does not diminish him among the Dodgers.

He has permanent credibility after he mowed down the final nine batters in Game 7 of the NLCS against the Braves, and then did the same to the final seven Tampa Bay batters in Game 6 to win the World Series. Maybe this smorgasbord of nightly runs for Urias was proper compensation.

Urías brings the ball to the final game of the Division Series on Thursday in San Francisco. On Sunday, he stood between the Dodgers and a two-game series deficit, and…

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