Dodgers: Walker Buehler to Start on Short Rest, Who Will Follow Him, Can LA Trust Gonsolin?

With the Dodgers on the brink of elimination, Walker Buehler will get the start for LA in Game 4 of the NLDS vs. the Giants. Buehler has established himself as one of the game’s premier postseason pitchers ever since he made his postseason debut in 2018. He’s gone 3-2 with a 2.53 ERA and a 1.005 WHIP in 12 starts through 67.2 career playoff innings.

The 2-time all-star was especially dominant during the Dodgers 2020 World Series winning run where he went 2-0 with a 1.80 ERA, 1.06 WHIP, 39 strikeouts to 12 walks in 25 innings of work. As brilliant as Buehler has been in October, this will be the eighth time he’s faced San Francisco this year and in game one he allowed 3 runs through 6.1 innings pitched with all three runs coming via the long ball. Buster Posey crushed a 3-0 Buehler fastball into the bay for a two-run shot in the first and then Kris Bryant went yard for a solo shot in the seventh.

We discuss what to expect from Buehler in his first career start on short rest and if the Giants familiarity with him gives them the edge in game 4. Plus, who will follow Buehler tonight and can the Dodgers trust Tony Gonsolin if Buehler can’t give LA length tonight?


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Doug McKain

Doug McKain is a lifelong Dodger fan and hosts Dodgers Nation’s “DNpostgame” show online. He also hosts Dodgers DougOut and the LA Sports Report on YouTube. DMAC is also a rabid Lakers fan, and lover of all Los Angeles sports.


  1. Houston, we have a problem. Or should I say TBS has a problem. The Braves vs Brewers game will not be done in time for the start of the Dodger game. Hopefully they break away from the other game.

    1. Jonathan, if there is a game 5 Urias starts! Let’s win game 4 and make it so!

  2. Wasn’t the problem with Kershaw in the playoffs that the Dodgers kept running him out there with short rest?

  3. First, Buehler and most starting pitchers can go consecutive games if it need be and be fine. Ask Scherzer, he’ll tell you all about it (2019).

    Second, I hate to break your hearts cupcakes, but Buehler isn’t the Dodger’s best pitcher right now. And, no, it isn’t Scherzer. It’s Urias. Go look at the numbers and be enlightened. The Dodger’s will be starting their best shot at winning in game 5.

    1. BH, i totally agree. Urias has made the fewest mistake pitches of the Dodgers’ big 3! And he is a beast at the plate too! But don’t be surprised by an appearance from Mad Max out of the pen in game 5. Would be his scheduled side session. This should be enough to give Kapler and the Giants nightmares.

      Let’s go Dodgers! Break the hearts of those Giants.

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