He Can’t Drink, but Julio Urias Is Starting in the Postseason

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Julio Urias earned a postseason start after going 5-2 with 15 regular-season starts this season for the Dodgers.

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At 20 years 68 days old, the Los Angeles Dodgers’ Julio Urias will become the youngest starter in postseason history when he takes the mound against 37-year-old John Lackey and the Chicago Cubs on Wednesday night. Urias was just 16 when he made his debut with the Class A Great Lakes Loons after being signed by the Dodgers out of Mexico. He got the call-up from Oklahoma City in May and was 5-2 with 15 regular-season starts, earning the postseason slot.

A look at some of the other baseball “youngests” in the modern era:

Youngest postseason starter (until Wednesday night): Bret Saberhagen, Royals, 1984, 20 years 175 days. Saberhagen was 10-11 as a rookie in the regular season and started Game 2 of the A.L.C.S. against the Tigers. He gave up three runs in eight innings, but the Royals lost the game to the eventual World Series champions in 11 innings. Saberhagen won the Cy Young Award the next year, and pitched until he was…

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