Dodgers make big Max Scherzer decision ahead of Game 6
The Los Angeles Dodgers head into a must-win Game 6 on Saturday with their season on the line. While Max Scherzer was scheduled to start against the Braves, it appears that he isn’t ready to take the mound again, per The LA Times. Instead, Walker Buehler will get the ball on short rest:
The Dodgers say Walker Buehler will start Game 6 tonight.
— Jorge Castillo (@jorgecastillo) October 23, 2021
According to sources, the Dodgers aren’t going with Scherzer because he isn’t quite at full strength from his last outing. However, you’d have to believe Mad Max will be the man in a potential Game 7 on Sunday. Buehler last pitched on October 19th, tossing just 3.2 innings and allowing four runs. However, just two were earned.
It would be hard to imagine Buehler going deep into Saturday’s game considering the short rest, which means the Dodgers could turn to their bullpen to give them some innings. David Price was just put on the NLCS roster while Tony Gonsolin is also another option.
This isn’t the first time that Scherzer has dealt with some fatigue in the postseason, either. He was scratched from his start in the 2019 World Series due to back spasms. Hopefully, the Dodgers ace can get right within the next day if LA needs him to pitch in a potential Game 7.
First-pitch on Saturday is scheduled for 5:08 PM PST at Truist Park in Atlanta.