For the National League Championship Series, Dave Roberts and the Dodgers are once again going with the if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it approach. Today, Doc named right-hander Walker Buehler as the club’s game 1 starter.
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This will be the third straight series Buehler has opened this postseason, which has understandably worked out well. Roberts also confirmed that ace Clayton Kershaw will follow Buehler for game 2.
Beyond games 1 and 2, however, Dave is once again keeping it open for game 3. In the Wild Card round, LA didn’t need a game 3 starter but for the decisive game 3 start of the division series, the club opted for rookie right-hander Dustin May in an opener role. And that’s along the lines of something we can expect again this series.
Also of note, when asked about the role Julio Urias has played for the Dodgers this postseason, Dave added that the lefty will continue to “pitch very meaningful innings.” This likely continues his role as a bulk guy for the club, which he’s been very successful with thus far.
The NLCS opens play on Monday, October 12, with first pitch scheduled for 5:08 PM PT on Fox. We know Buehler will be on the mound for LA while Atlanta expects to go with lefty Max Fried, who’s coming off a breakout season for the Braves.