ATLANTA, The Los Angeles Dodgers tapped Walker Buehler as their starter in Game 6 of Saturday's NL Championship Series against Atlanta Braves. Walker Buehler was named after Max Scherzer, who was scratched.
Buehler, a right-handed pitcher, was returning to the field after only three days of rest. The 106-win Dodgers were in an urgent need to win. The Braves won the best-of-7 series 3-2.
After a week of rest, Buehler was thrown out by the Braves in Game 3 on Tuesday. He gave up six hits and four runs in only 3 1/3 innings. The Dodgers won 6-5.
Buehler pitched in Game 4 of NL Division Series on short rest, going 4/3 innings against the San Francisco Giants. He allowed one run and three hits.
Buehler went 0-1 in this postseason with a 3.77 ERA over 14 1/3 innings. He was one of the NL’s best pitchers, with a 16-4 record and a 2.47 ERA.
Although the Dodgers didn't immediately explain why he had been removed from his scheduled start last Sunday, it was clear that his right arm wasn't fully recovered from his 4/3-inning stint.
The 37-year old threw 79 pitches and gave up four hits and two runs. He also struck out seven. In Atlanta's 5-4 victory, he did not receive a decision.
The Dodgers were left with no other option than to send Scherzer home. Buehler was originally scheduled to pitch Game 7.
Game 4 was started by Julio Urias on Wednesday. Clayton Kershaw is currently out due to injury. In Game 5, the Dodgers used a bullpen approach, but Joe Kelly suffered a devastating postseason injury.
David Price was activated by the Dodgers, but his last appearance was Aug. 22, and he hasn’t pitched in any postseason games. Tony Gonsolin was a relief pitcher during the regular season, but only 13 times.