Max Shcerzer will no longer be pitching tonight for the Dodgers in a must-win game for them. The ace claims he has “arm fatigue” ever since his game 5 series-clinching save in the NLDS against the Dodgers.
This is a huge blow and puts the Dodgers in more shambles than what they already are in. Will Max be good for Game 7? This gives them pretty much two options in how to approach this game.
1. Run back the bullpen game
This honestly worked for the Dodgers in game 5 as they cruised to victory. With the day off too, the bullpen is fresh and ready to go, so why not maybe try and run it back again, with intentions to get the same results. However, it’s a tough thing to do in the first place and they already got fortunate the first time around.
2. Start Walker Buehler on short rest
Walker has only done this once in his career and that was back in Game 4 of this NLDS where the Dodgers won 7-2. It’s a gamble, but maybe it’s worth the risk? Buehler did not fair too well in his first start this series, so maybe it’s not smart to start him on short rest.
In my opinion, I would run back the bullpen game. It’s rested and ready to go, plus you still have Buehler hypothetically for a Game 7, with maybe Max out of the pen too for that one, along with other bullpen arms. But, you got to get there first. It will be interesting to see what Dave Roberts and the Dodgers decide.