The Dodgers have a couple of really big games ahead of them this week. They will welcome the Braves into town starting on Monday before heading out to San Francisco for the weekend. With the NL West lead on the line, they’ll need their best stuff.
If the Dodgers had started their guys on regular rest this past week, Julio Urias would have pitched against the Rockies on Sunday afternoon. That would have led to the trip of Urias, Walker Buehler, Max Scherzer facing the Giants over the weekend.
Instead, those 3 will pitch in that order for the Braves series. When Dodgers manager Dave Roberts was asked if they had considered lining up their best 3 for the NL West rivals, he didn’t want to change things too much for them.
Making sure you take care of the guys, Julio and Walker, namely, as far as giving them an extra day to appreciate and understand what they have in store for them the rest of the season [is important].
The Giants series is obviously important for the Dodgers. But these games against the Braves are still ones that they need to win. That led to Doc giving them all an extra day of rest before they take their turn.
There’s still plenty of games where we have to take care of our business, and we’ll have two of those guys against the Giants. The thought is to make sure our guys are performing optimally and with rest. We’ll bet on that.
As is, the Dodgers would have Urias and Buehler scheduled to start the final 2 games of that series in San Francisco. So while it could have been the best trio, they still have 2 really good arms going for them.