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Julio Urías wins National League ERA title

Dodgers LHP finishes with a 2.16 ERA

MLB: Colorado Rockies at Los Angeles Dodgers Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports

Julio Urías put the finishing touches on a second consecutive superb season for the Dodgers, locking up the National League ERA title in the process.

Urías allowed two runs in his five innings on Tuesday against the Rockies, ending his season with a 2.16 ERA in 175 innings, ensuring he will finish atop the NL once the season concludes on Wednesday.

National League ERA leaders

Pitcher Team Starts Innings ER ERA Comment
Pitcher Team Starts Innings ER ERA Comment
Julio Urías Dodgers 31 175.0 42 2.16 final start Tuesday
Sandy Alcantara Marlins 32 228.7 58 2.28 final start Friday
Max Fried Braves 30 185.3 51 2.48 started last Friday
Zac Gallen D-backs 31 184.0 52 2.54 final start Tuesday
Tyler Anderson Dodgers 28 178.7 51 2.57 final start Sunday
Through Tuesday, October 4

Atlanta’s Max Fried is the only pitcher in the top five who might pitch on Wednesday, but even if he does the left-hander would need 27⅓ scoreless innings to best Urías.

Urías was also tied for second in xERA (2.74) entering Tuesday.

This is the 16th time a Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher led the National League in earned run average. Sandy Koufax and Clayton Kershaw did it five times each, and Urías is the sixth pitcher to have done so once, along with Don Sutton, Alejandro Peña, Kevin Brown, Zack Greinke, and Hyun-jin Ryu.

LA Dodgers ERA/ERA+ leaders

Pitcher Year ERA ERA+
Pitcher Year ERA ERA+
Sandy Koufax 1962 2.54 (1st) 143 (4th)
Sandy Koufax 1963 1.88 (1st) 159 (2nd)
Sandy Koufax 1964 1.74 (1st) 186 (1st)
Sandy Koufax 1965 2.04 (1st) 160 (3rd)
Sandy Koufax 1966 1.73 (1st) 190 (1st)
Don Sutton 1980 2.20 (1st) 161 (2nd)
Alejandro Peña 1984 2.48 (1st) 142 (1st)
Orel Hershiser 1989 2.31 (2nd) 149 (1st)
Kevin Brown 2000 2.58 (1st) 167 (3rd)
Clayton Kershaw 2011 2.28 (1st) 161 (2nd)
Clayton Kershaw 2012 2.53 (1st) 150 (1st)
Clayton Kershaw 2013 1.83 (1st) 194 (1st)
Clayton Kershaw 2014 1.77 (1st) 197 (1st)
Zack Greinke 2015 1.66 (1st) 222 (1st)
Clayton Kershaw 2017 2.31 (1st) 179 (1st)
Hyun-jin Ryu 2019 2.32 (1st) 179 (1st)
Julio Urías 2022 2.16 (1st) 194 (1st)

Of those 16 ERA-leading seasons, ten have also led in ERA+, which adjusts for ballpark and league. Urías ended his season atop the National League with a 194 ERA+, tied for third-best in Dodgers franchise history, grouped with only Greinke’s 222 ERA+ in 2015 and two Kershaw seasons (2013-14).

Orel Hershiser is the only other LA Dodgers pitcher to lead the league in ERA+ while not atop the ERA list. Oddly enough, it wasn’t in 1988, when Hershiser ended the regular season with 59 scoreless innings. The next year, Hershiser’s 2.31 ERA was second to Scott Garrelts, but his 149 ERA+ paced the NL. Sal Maglie pulled the trick for Brooklyn in 1956, when The Barber finished fourth with a 2.87 ERA but topped the league with his 139 ERA+.

Finishing kick

The only runs against Urías on Tuesday were two solo home runs. He allowed 23 homers on the season, but the last nine have all been with nobody on base. In his last 14 starts, Urías allowed a total of 14 runs, nine of which came on solo home runs.

In his final 19 regular season starts this year, Urías allowed a total of 25 runs, putting up a 1.79 ERA with 110 strikeouts and 26 walks.

From July 16 on, Urías was even better. Entering play that night against the Angels, Urías had a 3.01 ERA after allowing five runs in two innings at home to the Cubs in his previous start. Thirteen National League pitchers had a better ERA than Urías on that day.

But thanks to an absurd 1.27 ERA over his final 14 starts, Julio Urías stands alone at the top.