How SF Giants will counter Dodgers’ decision to start Walker Buehler on short rest in Game 4

LOS ANGELES — After the Giants forced the Dodgers to the brink of elimination with a 1-0 win in Game 3 of the NLDS on Monday in Los Angeles, Dave Roberts was left with no choice.

The Dodgers manager wanted to save right-hander Walker Buehler for a potential Game 5 in San Francisco on Thursday, but to get to a winner-take-all matchup, Roberts is calling on Buehler to pitch on short rest for the first time in his major league career.

“Once he came today and felt good, it was a no-brainer,” Roberts said. “How long he can go, that will be dictated by how he’s throwing the baseball and how he feels.”

The All-Star right-hander took the loss in Game 1 of the NLDS against Giants ace Logan Webb, but he’s been outstanding against San Francisco this year as the former first round draft choice has posted a 2.49 ERA in seven starts including the one he made on Friday at Oracle Park.

The Giants, however, have won four of the seven games in which Buehler has pitched this year, securing comeback wins on May 28 and July 22 before tagging the former Vanderbilt star for six earned runs on September 5 and three more in Game 1 of the NLDS.

The Giants will counter Buehler with a similar lineup to the one he faced in Game 1 of the series when Buster Posey and Kris Bryant each homered off of him. One of the minor changes for San Francisco is that Darin Ruf will play first base after Wilmer Flores started at the position in Game 1 of the series.

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#SFGiants vs. Dodgers, NLDS Game 4 (Giants lead 2-1)

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Wade Bryant

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— Kerry Crowley (@KO_Crowley) October 12, 2021

Steven Duggar, who has homered and tripled off of Buehler this year, did not start Game 1 of the series and will not start Game 4 after playing excellent defense in center field in the Giants’ Game 3 shutout win.

SF Giants’ Game 4 lineup

Tommy La Stella – 2B
Darin Ruf – 1B
Brandon Crawford – SS
Buster Posey – C
Kris Bryant – RF
LaMonte Wade Jr – LF
Evan Longoria – 3B
Mike Yastrzemski – CF
Anthony DeSclafani – RHP

Roberts had indicated Monday that Vacaville native and St. Mary’s product Tony Gonsolin could …read more

Source:: The Mercury News – Sports

      

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