Chances are that less than a week from today, the Dodgers will be facing off against the Cardinals in the Wild Card game. Unless the Giants have some sort of meltdown over the next couple of days, it really doesn’t matter how out guys come out and play.
And when the Dodgers play in that Wild Card game, they expect Max Scherzer to take the mound to decide who moves on. Dave Roberts has said several times over the last week that they would go with him to decide their fate in 2021.
But Wednesday did not offer a whole lot of hope for Dodgers fans in terms of Scherzer going. He got roughed up for 5 earned runs across 5.1 innings of work and struck out just 4. Scherzer also got tagged for 11 hits, including 2 homeruns. After the game, Dave Roberts talked about the execution.
He just didn’t have good command. At times the curveball was good. The cutter and changeup just weren’t commanded. He’s picked us up many times over. We picked him up.
Over his last 2 games, Scherzer has now been hit with 10 earned runs across 10.1 innings of work. Granted, one of those starts was in Colorado, so do with that what you will. But the Dodgers counting on him in the Wild Card Game after these 2 starts is enough to make any fan nervous.
Scherzer has been lights out in 2021, and he’s been even better with the Dodgers. His struggles on Wednesday were overshadowed by a HUGE comeback win late in the game. But those struggles should not be enough for Doc to consider going to literally anyone else in the starting rotation.
Especially in a one-game playoff against the Cardinals with everything on the line.