ATLANTA (AP) — The Los Angeles Dodgers tapped Walker Buehler to start Game 6 of the NL Championship Series against the Atlanta Braves on Saturday night after scratching Max Schazer.
Right-handed Buehler, coming back on just three days off rest, should be in a winning position with the 106-run Dodgers. The Braves led 3–2 in a best-of-seven series.
With a full week’s rest, Buehler was crushed by the Braves His Game 3 debuted on Tuesday, giving away four runs (two earned) and six hits in just 3 2/3 innings. The Dodgers rallied to a 6-5 victory.
Buehler took even less rest in Game 4 of the NL Division Series, playing 4 1/3 innings against the San Francisco Giants. He conceded one run and three hits.
After three starts this season, Buehler was 0–1 with 3.77 ERA in 14 1/3 innings. In the regular season, he was one of the NL’s top pitchers with a 16–4 record and 2.47 ERA.
Scherzer, a three-time Cy Young Award winner acquired by the Dodgers from Washington just before the trade deadline, complained of a dead hand after making a 13-pitch save at the clinic after only two days of rest after starting Game 2 of the NLCS. . Division Series.
The Dodgers did not immediately explain why he was cleared. off his scheduled start, but his right arm had clearly not recovered from his 4 1/3-innings stint last Sunday.
The 37-year-old has thrown 79 pitches, conceded four hits and two runs and scored seven runs. They got no decision in Atlanta’s 5-4 win.
With Scherzer out, the Dodgers had few other options than going back to Buehler, who was initially willing to pitch Game 7 if the series made it that far.
Julio Urias started Game 4 on Wednesday and Clayton Kershaw was ruled out with an injury. The Dodgers already went in Game 5 with a bullpen approach, losing to reliever Joe Kelly to a post-season-ending injury in the process.
The Dodgers activated David Price, but his last start was on August 22 and he did not pitch at all after the season. Tony Gonsolin made 13 starts during the regular season but was notably used in relief during the playoffs.
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