The Dodgers will be looking to stay alive in the NLCS tonight in Atlanta. After the Braves took a commanding 3-1 lead, Los Angeles woke up their offense in Game 5 and they are now just 1 win away from tying things up and forcing a Game 7.
But they’ll need to get through Game 6 first. Max Scherzer was supposed to be the guy to get them there, but he was announced as a scratch on Friday night. The Dodgers were hoping he would bounce back better from his last start, but that clearly did not happen.
Instead, the Dodgers will go with Walker Buehler on short rest yet again. Buehler last threw on Tuesday in LA and got up to 76 pitches in 3.2 innings of work. The Dodgers eventually won that game, but Buehler got hit hard early on and Doc went to the bullpen.
The hope is that Buehler will be able to give them some decent length with the bullpen already being worked hard. But this is also the second time this postseason that the Dodgers will turn to him on short rest. The last time was in the Division Series, and that was the first time in his career he pitched on short rest.