We already saw it coming and it was fulfilled; outstanding Mexican baseball player Julio César Urías Acosta reached a record for the most preeminent Mexican baseball player of all time, Fernando Valenzuela, “El Toro”, by achieving his 19th victory in the current Major League Baseball (MLB) campaign. , mark that the native of Etchohuaquila, Sonora, reached in the 1982 season playing for the Los Angeles Dodgers. At the same time, he established himself in the privileged place that he maintained for many weeks, being a leader in games won in the two leagues of the big top, the National and the American, a feat that no other shooter will be able to snatch from him in the remainder Of this dying ordinary calendar
The nineteenth victory for Urías came last Sunday afternoon, September 26, in the Dodgers’ 3-0 shutout of the Arizona Diamondbacks, in which the Mexican left-hander spaced five hits in five scoreless innings, striking out three opponents and awarding only one base on balls.
With that triumph, Julio fully entered the select list of Mexican pitchers with the most games won in a baseball season at the highest level in the world; surpassed the 18-win mark of legendary Mochiteco pitcher Teodoro Higuera in 1987; it equaled the 19 of Valenzuela in 1982; and he was one game away from reaching the record of 20 victories also achieved by Teodoro Higuera in 1986. However, he missed the opportunity to reach the best mark of 21 held by two greats: “El Toro” Valenzuela and Esteban Loaiza , since the ordinary agenda ends next Sunday, October 3, and Urías may only be able to go out once more to the mound of responsibilities, if his manager Dave Roberts gives him the opportunity to participate over the weekend – as announced – when the Los Angeles team faces the Milwaukee Brewers.
What is a fact is that Urías will finish the campaign as the best pitcher of the regular season, and in the event that he has one more start and conquers the victory, he will culminate with a 20-3 mark, which would mean a round participation. , waiting for what happens in the playoffs.
Another Mexican, also surnamed Urías who is giving something to talk about in the Big Top is Luis Fernando “Wicho”, -as they say-, the infielder of the Milwaukee Brewers who became the sixth Mexican player to exceed the 20 homers in a single season. The native of Magdalena de Kino, Sonora, hit his 21st home run so far this season on Monday, September 20, and joined his name to that of other notable sluggers such as Vinny Castilla, Adrián González, Jorge Cantú, Erubiel Durazo and Christian Villanueva.
Wicho has been an important part of the Brewers’ roster, which last weekend saw their great season crowned by winning the Central Division pennant after beating the New York Mets 8-4.
The teams of the two Urías; Julio and Luis, who by the way do not share any family ties, have ensured their participation in the postseason and it is very possible that they will see each other in that instance, but perhaps that encounter we will see before, since the Dodgers and Brewers open series next Friday and it is very possible that on Saturday, October 2, when Julio goes out to the mound, he will meet his countryman and, as is popularly said, we will see “from which leather the most straps come out.”