The Dodgers will need all of the help that they can get this week with their pitching staff. With Max Scherzer already dealing with a dead arm issue, chances are that there is no way he can go on short rest in Game 5. But that situation might be further complicated by Julio Urías.
Dave Roberts opted to use Julio in relief during Sunday’s loss. He came in and allowed 2 runs before the Braves walked it off in the 9th inning. But the Dodgers still were expecting him to be ready to start Game 4 after throwing 14 pitches in the relief outing.
Unfortunately, the could be changing. Roberts met with Dodgers media on Monday afternoon and revealed there is a chance that Julio could be pushed to Game 4. That would mean that Los Angeles throws another bullpen game on Wednesday evening.
Depending on how Julio feels today, still gotta win 2 of 3 at home to keep this things going. So whether it’s game 4 or game 5.
Given that Julio has already eclipsed his most professional innings thrown by far in 2021, that’s less than ideal. His usage on Sunday also really doesn’t make any sense now that there is a chance he will not be ready.
But if the Dodgers were to lose on Tuesday and fall behind 3 games to 1, it seems almost impossible that he wouldn’t pitch in some capacity. Los Angeles playing with their backs against the wall would mean that it would be an all-hands-on-deck approach.
A win on Tuesday might make the decision to rest him 1 more day easier for Doc.