Game 162, the last game of the 2021 season. Or is it? With only 1 game separating the Dodgers and Giants in the NL West, there is a possibility that the two ball clubs could end in a tie for the division with a Giants loss and a Dodgers win. Both teams play at the same time today, as does everyone, so all the will matter in the moment is their own games.
In the case that a tie does happen, Los Angeles and Sa Francisco will play a game 163, which last happened in the NL West in 2018 between the Rockies and Dodgers. Since the Giants won the season series, they will get to host the Dodgers for the extra game. Dave Roberts already revealed his go to starter in such a scenario.
“If theres’s a 163, we’ll start Max (Scherzer) and we’ll play to win the game. Everyone will be available.”
It’s a no brainer that he should go with the man who has dominated since arriving in Los Angeles, aside from his last two starts. Max Scherzer knows how to pitch in big games and has the intensity to carry the team to victory. However, he may not need to as Roberts will throw all his chips in to ensure that the team can defend their throne and escape playing in the Wild Card game.
Of course, there are always what-if scenarios. If the Dodgers for some reason end up losing the game and are sent to the Wild Card game, who will take the mound is up in the air.
“Yeah I just don’t see any other way to look at it. Walker’s going today and if there is a 163, Max will pitch and we expect to win. We’ll go from there.”
Roberts could turn to the team’s 20-game winner in Julio Urías, which seems likely, or it could be another all hands on deck situation with a bullpen game. Notably, Urías would be throwing on short rest, but recently said he’s ready to do whatever is needed of him this October.
Pitching is what has kept this team in the hunt this season, so the hope is they could continue to do so into the playoffs.