Max Scherzer has not pitched since Sunday in Atlanta. With the Dodgers already down a game in the series, Los Angeles turned to their trade deadline acquisition to even up the series. And Scherzer did his part, keeping Atlanta to 2 runs across 4.1 innings of work.
But he looked gassed. So when Scherzer talked about having a dead arm after his start, there was immediately a reason for Dodgers fans to be concerned. That concern grew this weekend when it was announced that he would not make his scheduled start on Saturday in Game 6.
Scherzer’s arm has not bounced back from his 79-pitch outing the way that the Dodgers had hoped. That led them to go with Walker Buehler on short rest in Game 6 tonight in Atlanta. But the biggest question seems to be who will pitch if they are able to keep the series alive tonight.
The Dodgers are optimistic that Scherzer will be ready to go tomorrow night in Atlanta. But there are also other aches and pains that the veteran hurler is reportedly dealing with, not just his arm. That could potentially leave his Game 7 start in jeopardy.
If that’s the case, the Dodgers would have to lean heavily on their bullpen once again. They could opt to throw Julio Urias on short rest, but that seems unlikely given his lack of success against Atlanta in this series.