Although he went blank in the shortlist for him Cy Young de la MLB 2021, the Mexican Julio Urías He finally did put his name along with recognition this season, after receiving the Warren Spahn award, awarded to the best left-handed pitcher of the year and in which other players such as Randy Johnson and Clayton Kershaw have been.

The player of Los Angeles Dodgers He posted a 20-win-3-loss record and a 2.96 ERA in 185.2 innings pitched. In addition, he struck out 195 batters on the season, which earned him recognition from the Big leagues and the Oklahoma Sports Museum, the organization that created this trophy since 1999.

Thus, Uriah became the first Mexican to win the Warren Spahn In 22 years of history, he has only gone by the name of 14 players. It should be noted that the award considers victories, strikeouts and the percentage of earned runs admitted and in those last two statistics, the Sinaloan closed with a percentage of 2.96 plus a 1.02 percentage of walks and hits made per inning ( WHIP).

This was the sixth season of Julio Urías since its debut in Big leagues, where he has always played with Dodgers. He harvested his best record of games started with 32, surpassing 10 in 2020, the year his team was champion. He also posted his second-best winning percentage at .870, just behind 1,000 last year.

On an individual level, 2021 has been one of Urías’ best in the Major Leagues, because although his team was eliminated in the National League Championship Series by Atlanta BravesIn the prelude to seek the two-time World Series championship, the Mexican managed to be named to the Second All-Star Team of the Major Leagues, in addition to being the leading pitcher in his respective League with his 20 wins.

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Urías is also just the second pitcher of the Dodgers in getting the premio Warren SpahnThe first was Clayton Kershaw in the 2011, 2013, 2013 and 2017 seasons. Kershaw and Randy Johnson (Arizona Diamondbacks) are the only pitchers who received the award four times, since the latter achieved them consecutively from 1999 to 2002.

In addition to these recognitions by the own Big leagues, the native of Culiacán has just been decorated by the Mexican authorities with the 2021 National Sports Award in the professional sports category, being the first time a baseball player has won it in the last five years (the most recent antecedent had been Roberto Osuna in 2016).

It should also be noted that Urías did not finish among the first places in the voting for Cy Young 2021, but in the shortlist for Warren Spahn he competed with other high-ranking left-handed pitchers such as Kershaw himself, Josh Hader (Milwaukee Brewers), Chris Sale (Boston Red Sox) and Max Fried, World Series champion with the Atlanta Braves.


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