The Dodgers will go with Walker Buehler in Game 6 of the NLCS. With everything on the line once again, Dave Roberts will turn to a guy pitching on short rest for just the second time in his career. The first time came last week in the Division Series.
Max Scherzer spoke with the media on Saturday about missing his start and what that meant for Game 7. According to the Dodgers hurler, he did not suffer an injury to his arm. Instead, he described it as “overcooking” his arm with the relief appearance in the NLDS.
Scherzer was spotted throwing at Truist Park on Saturday afternoon, indicating that he could be ready to go. Dave Roberts confirmed in a pregame media session that they were confident he would be taking the ball in Game 7.
Roberts said that he is VERY confident that Max Scherzer takes the ball for them in Game 7.
Also noted that for what length would be anyone's guess at this point.
— Dodgers Nation (@DodgersNation) October 23, 2021
Scherzer had also indicated earlier that he was not sure how long he would go. But regardless, the Dodgers expect him to take the ball to get things started should they reach Game 7. That’s fact alone is big news for Doc and his pitching staff.
If the Dodgers can make it to Game 7, they really wouldn’t need much from Scherzer. Their bullpen has carried them throughout the postseason, and there is no reason to think that they would not be able to do it again.
The hope for now is that Walker Buehler can eat up a decent chunk of innings on Saturday night, and obviously that they can take the win.