The Dodgers have already talked about using some of their other starting pitchers in relief roles early in the NLDS. With Walker Buehler’s blister issue, that became a reality on Tuesday night in Texas. Buehler was able to go 4 innings and ran his pitch count into the upper 90s before being pulled. That paved the way for Dustin May to make an early appearance in the series.
When May did get a chance to come into the game, he was absolutely filthy. He had Padres hitters off balance for both innings that he pitched and did not allow a single baserunner. He struck out 3 of the 6 batters he faced before handing the ball over to Victor Gonzalez in the 7th.
As it turns out, that will likely not be Dustin May’s only appearance of the series. Dave Roberts revealed that May could even get a start the postgame press conference following the Dodgers’ win.
To have Walker going, not knowing how long he’s gonna go but then with Clayton going tomorrow, I think the idea was for Dustin to take on a run tonight, to have him available for 3. And we’ll figure out what capacity if it’s a starter or to come out of the pen, whatever, I think that was kind of the idea behind it.
The idea that Doc is talking about is using today as a sort of normal between-starts bullpen day that he might normally throw if he didn’t play. May did just that, throwing 27 pitches on Tuesday night. That means the Dodgers could lean on him for a few innings in game 3, or perhaps even later in the series if needed.
Dodgers Depth Comes Into Play
That being said, the Dodgers find themselves in a very good position with the depth in their pitching staff. They only had to use three relievers outside of May to get through Tuesday night’s game while San Diego had to utilize 8.