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2019 Dodgers NLDS: Game 1 Starting Pitchers Announced

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Walker Buehler reacts.

Today the Dodgers announced that All-Star pitcher Walker Buehler will start game 1 of the 2019 National League Division Series on Thursday at Dodger Stadium. Buehler will match up against left-handed pitcher Patrick Corbin of the Washington Nationals.

Walker got the nod over NL Cy Young hopeful Hyun-Jin Ryu, and 3-time Cy Young award winner Clayton Kershaw.

On the season, the right-handed flame thrower made a career high 30 starts, recording a 14-4 record and 3.26 ERA in 182.1 innings pitched. In 3 career games (2 starts) against Washington, Buehler has allowed 5 earned runs in 13.1 innings for a 3.38 ERA.

The 25 year-old made his first All-Star roster in 2019, tossing one inning and allowing one run while striking out 2.

With his off and on struggles with home/road splits this season, it’s not overly surprising that manager Dave Roberts went with Buehler at home. This would also conceivably line Buehler up to start a potential NLDS game 5 at home against Washington, or game 1 of the NLCS at home.

A side note to the story is that this marks the second consecutive season that Kershaw doesn’t take the ball in a game 1.

Corbin

In his first season with the Nats, Corbin went 14-7 with a 3.25 ERA in 33 starts. Moreover, the long time Arizona Diamondback has pitched well in his career against the Dodgers. In 21 previous matchups (19 starts) the lefty owns a 5-9 record against LA, but a solid 3.36 ERA in 109.2 innings pitched. At Dodger Stadium, his ERA drops to 2.97 over 60.2 innings.

But he’s been even better in recent vintage. Including 7 shutout innings in 2019, Corbin has allowed only 2 earned runs over his last 30.1 innings (5 starts) against the Dodgers.

Game 1 of the NLDS will kick off at Dodger Stadium at 5:37pm PST on Thursday.

Written by Clint Pasillas

Clint is the lead editor of Dodgers Nation, and a host and analyst on Dodgers Nation's own Blue Heaven podcast live stream.

He's been writing, blogging, and podcasting Dodgers since about 2008. He was there for Nomar, Greg Maddux, and Blake DeWitt, and he'll be there for Walker Buehler, Alex Verdugo, Dustin May, and any Dodgers of the future.

He's also a sandwich enthusiast, a consummate athlete, and a friend.

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  1. Curious choice given Buehler’s last game against the Nats @ Dodger stadium this season they got to him pretty easily……..seven runs (four earned) and eight hits in 5-1/3 innings.

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