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Dodgers: Dave Roberts Has No Doubt Max Scherzer is His Game 1 Starter

Come playoff time, we’ll see Mad Max starting things off.



Realistically, the Dodgers have 2 maybe 3 guys that they could go with in their first game of the playoffs. The decision will ultimately come down to Walker Buehler and Max Scherzer though, 2 guys that have dominated for decent portions of the year. 

But when asked about who could possibly go in the first game of the postseason, Dave Roberts didn’t hesitate. The Dodgers will no longer go to Clayton Kershaw for the first game as they have for the last near-decade, and they won’t go to Buehler. 

Instead, Doc made it pretty clear the Dodgers would turn to Scherzer to get the ball rolling. Call it recent performance or call it having a long history of success, but Mad Max will get the ball when we enter October. 

No, there is no doubt in my mind. I think he’s the best pitcher in baseball. 

Doc was referring to a question that asked if there was any doubt Max should be going in game 1. At this point, that could mean several different things. But whether it’s game 163, the Wild Card game, or the first game of the Division Series, Max will be on the bump.

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And rightfully so. Entering his start against the Rockies today, Scherzer had not allowed an earned run in his last 5 starts. The Dodgers had also yet to lose a game that he had started, which should be enough to convince Doc who their guy should be. 

With Walker Buehler, Clayton Kershaw, and Julio Urias right behind him, Los Angeles is going to be tough to beat. 

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Written by Brook Smith

Brook is the Senior Editor of Dodgers Nation, with several years of experience in sports journalism. He is an avid Dodgers and Lakers fan, and can be spotted fairly often at Dodger Stadium and Staples Center.

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  1. That was an ugly series with Colorado. Urias, Buehler, and Sherzer gave up 14 earned runs. But we took 2 out of 3, and are still one game back, with 9 to play. So I say forget Colorado, where baseball never should have been played at the MLB level, and move on to sweeping the worst team in baseball, the DBacks. Dishonorable mention to the Orioles for being just as bad as the DBacks.

    • One of my locals at my gym is a pitcher for his baseball team. Great athlete but I reminded him if he turns pro, do Not pitch in Coors Field and he totally agrees with me, laughing and saying that altitude is no place for any pitcher.

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