On Tuesday night, the Dodgers sent 19-year-old lefty Julio Urias to the mound to face the Dodgers in the Bronx (LAD-NYY GameTracker). His night was brief (he’s likely preparing to transition to a relief role for the remainder of the season), but he held the Yanks scoreless for 3 2/3 innings. In doing so, Urias lowered his ERA for the season to 3.50. Since the All-Star break, that figure is a sparkling 2.02.
But enough about that. This is about Urias’ thunderclap of a pickoff move. Said pickoff move was on glorious display in the second inning, and it came at the personal and professional expense of Starlin Castro. Please witness without blinking …
“Baserunners in the Hands of an Angry God,” is what we’ll call that pickoff move. In matters related, Urias this season leads the majors with six pickoffs, and he’s done that in just 72 innings of work.
What’s particularly enjoyable about Urias’ pickoff move is that it’s not the standard “am I going to the plate or am I not?” lefty move that flows from a generous reading of the balk rule. You know, the one that Andy Pettitte used to great affect …
The baseball aesthete will agree that this left-handed method of extinguishing runners is far less soaring. To be fair, Urias also uses the “Pettitte,” but the work of art we saw above is a fine example of the manifestly superior “Mulholland.”
Thank you, Julio Urias, is what we’re saying.
Source: CBS Sports / WATCH: This pickoff move by Julio Urias is just not fair