Dodgers won't risk Scherzer

23 October 2021 22:28:28 GMTPlus11
Scherzer is an injury concern for LA Dodgers

If the Los Angeles Dodgers want to take the National League Championship series to a game seven, they will have to do it without right-hander Max Scherzer.

The Dodgers are 10000/1 to retain the World Series and they would face the Houston Astros, who defeated the Boston Red Sox in the American League Championship to win their third AL pennant in five years. 

It's expected that Scherzer will miss Saturday's game because of possible right-arm fatigue. After pitching in relief in Game five of the NLDS against the San Francisco Giants, Scherzer admitted to having a "dead arm" during his 79-pitch start in Game two of the NLCS against the Braves. He allowed two runs on four hits over four and a third innings.

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Should the Dodgers win game six, then Walker Buehler is set to pitch in game seven. At the moment, Los Angeles haven't announced who will take to the mound for Saturday's game.

This is another annoying injury that the Dodgers have had to face in this postseason. They have already lost left-handed ace Clayton Kershaw for the season, first baseman Max Muncy suffered a dislocated elbow and has been out since and, in the NLCS alone, they have lost Justin Turner and Joe Kelly. Furthermore, left-handed pitcher Justin Bruihl is dealing with soreness and could possibly be removed from the roster. 

Speaking to the official Dodgers website, team manager Dave Roberts said: "Going back to the dugout, I'm just thinking about who is available. With our guys we're just going to have to figure it out, and not to be dismissive, it's just where we are at."

Atlanta will have Ian Anderson ready to pitch and they have no injuries of note to affect them. Anderson has produced a scoreless outing in four of his first six career postseason appearances. 

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