THE ANGELS – Walker Buehler get the ball on Tuesday with the Los Angeles Dodgers season online. He will start Game 4 of the NL Division Series at Dodger Stadium and pitching on a short layoff for the first time in his career.
Buehler, who will face the right Anthony DeSclafani For the San Francisco Giants, he will pitch on three days off, a relatively quick change after allowing three runs in 6⅓ innings and taking on the loss in Game 1 on Friday.
The decision, which comes from Los Angeles’ 1-0 loss to the Giants on Monday night, is largely due to the fact that Clayton kershaw he was unavailable for the postseason due to persistent swelling in his forearm / elbow. Clearly, the Dodgers don’t employ a fourth starter they trust as much as Buehler with a short layoff.
Tony gonsolinThe 27-year-old was the conventional option, but he allowed eight runs in his last 12 innings of the regular season. Another option was David priceBut the former Cy Young Award winner has spent most of this season in a nondescript bullpen role and he’s not necessarily stretched.
If the Dodgers hadn’t turned to Buehler, the most likely scenario was that they would present the equivalent of a bullpen game, with Gonsolin and Price likely keeping in mind.
When Buehler starting Game 4 means that Julio Urías, a 20-game winner this season, will line up with normal rest for a potential Game 5 from Oracle Park in San Francisco on Thursday, assuming Urias is not needed out of the bullpen for the Dodgers to survive Game 4. Dodgers Dave Roberts said Monday night that “everything is on the table.”