Just a few hours after Clayton Kershaw was scratched from his Game 2 start in the NLCS, the Dodgers have named a Game 3 starter. Tony Gonsolin will get the ball on Tuesday afternoon and Julio Urías will go in Game 3.
Julio Urias officially named the Game 3 starter for the #Dodgers in the NLCS.
— Dodgers Nation (@DodgersNation) October 13, 2020
The Dodgers had not previously announced a Game 3 starter when Dave Roberts did his press conference around noon Tuesday. Roberts had said that the team was not sure which direction they would go and that it would depend on how Game 2 went. That appears to have changed as they made the Julio Urías announcement official.
For Julio, he’s had an incredible postseason mostly pitching in a bulk inning relief role. He has thrown 8 innings out of the bullpen and has yet to be charged with a run for the Dodgers. Urías has also struck out 11 guys in those 8 innings while allowing just 1 walk.
With Julio going in Game 3, the Dodgers now have some options for the games moving forward. The most ideal situation would be Kershaw going Game 4 clearing room for Buehler to get the ball in Game 5. We’ll have to wait and see how that all works out.
Julio getting the Game 3 nod when the Dodgers are already down a game could end up being huge. If Los Angeles wins on Tuesday afternoon, he would be pitching for the series lead. If they lose, then he would be pitching to keep them from going down 3 games to none.
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