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2019 Dodgers NLDS: Game 1 Starting Pitchers Announced

Today the Dodgers announced that All-Star pitcher Walker Buehler will start game 1 of the 2019 National League Division Series on Thursday at Dodger Stadium. Buehler will match up against left-handed pitcher Patrick Corbin of the Washington Nationals.

Walker got the nod over NL Cy Young hopeful Hyun-Jin Ryu, and 3-time Cy Young award winner Clayton Kershaw.

On the season, the right-handed flame thrower made a career high 30 starts, recording a 14-4 record and 3.26 ERA in 182.1 innings pitched. In 3 career games (2 starts) against Washington, Buehler has allowed 5 earned runs in 13.1 innings for a 3.38 ERA.

The 25 year-old made his first All-Star roster in 2019, tossing one inning and allowing one run while striking out 2.

With his off and on struggles with home/road splits this season, it’s not overly surprising that manager Dave Roberts went with Buehler at home. This would also conceivably line Buehler up to start a potential NLDS game 5 at home against Washington, or game 1 of the NLCS at home.

A side note to the story is that this marks the second consecutive season that Kershaw doesn’t take the ball in a game 1.

Corbin

In his first season with the Nats, Corbin went 14-7 with a 3.25 ERA in 33 starts. Moreover, the long time Arizona Diamondback has pitched well in his career against the Dodgers. In 21 previous matchups (19 starts) the lefty owns a 5-9 record against LA, but a solid 3.36 ERA in 109.2 innings pitched. At Dodger Stadium, his ERA drops to 2.97 over 60.2 innings.

But he’s been even better in recent vintage. Including 7 shutout innings in 2019, Corbin has allowed only 2 earned runs over his last 30.1 innings (5 starts) against the Dodgers.

Game 1 of the NLDS will kick off at Dodger Stadium at 5:37pm PST on Thursday.

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  1. Curious choice given Buehler’s last game against the Nats @ Dodger stadium this season they got to him pretty easily……..seven runs (four earned) and eight hits in 5-1/3 innings.

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