Sunday night in Atlanta hurt for the Dodgers for a number of different reasons. Most importantly, it put them at a 2-0 deficit in the NLCS against the Braves. The good news is that that the series turns back to Los Angeles for 3 games now with the chance to make up some ground.
But the biggest blow seemed to come to the starting rotation. Max Scherzer was not himself and admitted after the game that he was experiencing a bit of a dead arm on the mound. That led to Dave Roberts pulling him earlier than they would have liked.
But Doc also oddly went to Julio Urias in the 8th inning of the Dodgers loss. It did not go as Roberts had hoped, but the biggest question was regarding his availability to start Game 4. When asked if it changed the plans at all, Dave had a very quick and encouraging response.
No, no not at all. Not at all. That’s why he was ready and available yesterday, he didn’t throw a side to prepare for one of these two games.
Urias will be pitching Game 4 in Los Angeles. Even though he came into this one and pitched in relief, the plan is still for the Dodgers to use him as a starter. That seems very odd given that this is by far the most innings he has ever pitched in his professional career.
But Dave and the front office trust the young southpaw. He rewarded that trust with 20 wins in the regular season, and they are hoping he can reward them with another big win in Game 4.