In what’s turning out to be an epic division race for the ages, LA’s win over the Rockies today in extras could end up being the turning point. Heading into Thursday’s season finale matinee with the Rockies, Max Scherzer had been near flawless since being traded to the Dodgers at the deadline, posting a 0.78 ERA in 58 IP and emerging as the NL Cy Young favorite. However, Coors Field can make even the elite pitchers look ordinary and for the first time in 10 starts, Mad Max looked mortal. The Dodgers’ new ace gave up 5 runs on 102 pitches in 5 innings of work.
To put things into perspective, even after a rough outing, Scherzer’s ERA is still a sparkling 1.43 with LA and thanks to the late game heroics of Trea Turner and Max Muncy, the Dodgers are a perfect 10-0 in his starts. We discuss how the team’s comeback win in extra innings kept the Dodgers’ hopes of winning a ninth straight NL West championship alive. Plus, we break down the Dodgers and Giants final 9 games to determine who has the more difficult strength-of-schedule down the stretch.
Next, Dave Roberts confirmed that Max Scherzer will be getting the ball if the Dodgers were to find themselves playing in a Game 163 in San Francisco or if they fail to overtake the Giants in the division and have to face, who will likely be the St. Louis Cardinals in the Wild Card Game. We discuss the decision to go with Scherzer and take a look back at his postseason history. Plus, we discuss Walker Buehler’s recent struggles and look ahead to the Dodgers postseason rotation.
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