Dodgers: Kenta Maeda and Julio Urías Swapping Roles

The Dodgers have moved right-handed pitcher Kenta Maeda to the bullpen and have moved the recently reinstated Julio Urías into the rotation. Urías will start Tuesday against the Colorado Rockies.

In addition, left-handed starting pitcher Rich Hill threw 35 pitches on Monday and will also be facing live hitters over the weekend.

Kenta Maeda

Maeda’s move to the bullpen comes as no surprise as it is the third year running that the Dodgers have done exactly this with his handling. Maeda figures to be a key member of the Dodgers’ bullpen in October and according to Ken Gurnick of, he could factor into the closing picture down the stretch outside of Kenley Jansen, Joe Kelly, and Pedro Baez.

On the season, Maeda posted a 4.11 ERA and 3.96 FIP in 138 innings. In his sole relief appearance in 2019, he had a 1-2-3 inning with two strikeouts. Lifetime, Maeda holds a 3.92 ERA as a starter in a fairly large sample size and a 3.04 ERA as a reliever in just 26 2/3 innings.

Julio Urías

After Urías’s recent suspension for a domestic violence dispute, it was uncertain what sort of role he would return in, but now we have our answer. He will be returning as a starting pitcher. He has made just six starts out of 27 appearances for the Dodgers, amassing a 2.53 ERA across the season. As a starter, Urías holds a 3.55 ERA this season and a 3.74 ERA lifetime. As a reliever, Urías holds a 1.91 ERA this season and a 2.17 ERA lifetime.

This development is interestingly telling and could mean the Dodgers envision Urías as their fourth starter in the playoffs.

Rich Hill

The latest developments regarding Hill are very positive as he will be facing hitters over the weekend after throwing a 35-pitch bullpen session on Monday. Hill has missed significant time as he has not thrown an inning since early-June. Prior to going down with a flexor injury in his pitching elbow, Hill looked solid, holding a 2.55 ERA and 3.36 xFIP.

He will be a huge addition for the club down the stretch as well as in October.

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Written by Daniel Preciado


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