LOS ANGELES – After the Giants put the Dodgers on the brink of relegation with a 1-0 win in the third NLDS game in Los Angeles on Monday, Dave Roberts is left with no choice.
The Dodgers manager wanted to save right-hander Walker Buehler for a possible fifth game in San Francisco on Thursday, but to get to the winner-take-all match, Roberts urges Buehler to take a short break for the first time in his life. major league career.
“When he came in today and felt good, it was easy,” Roberts said. “How long he can last will depend on how he throws the ball and how he feels.”
The All-Star right-hander took a game 1 defeat in the NLDS against Giants ace Logan Webb, but he was outstanding against San Francisco this year as the former first-round pick posted a 2.49 ERA in seven starts, including the one he made in Friday at Oracle Park.
However, the Giants have won four of the seven games Buhler has played this year, securing comeback wins on May 28 and July 22, and then tagged the former Vanderbilt star with six earned runs on September 5 and three more in the first game of the tournament. NLDS.
The Giants will face Buhler with a line-up similar to the one he faced in the first game of the series when Buster Posey and Chris Bryant left him. One minor change for San Francisco is that Darin Roof will play first base after Wilmer Flores started from a position in the Game 1 of the series.
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Stephen Duggar, who scored and lost three times this year to Buhler, did not start in the first game and will not start the game in the fourth after a great defense in midfield in the third game of the Giants.
SF Giants’ Game 4 Squad Lineup
- Tommy La Stella – 2B
- Darin Roof – 1B
- Brandon Crawford – SS
- Buster Posey – C
- Chris Bryant – RF
- Lamonte Wade Jr. – LF
- Evan Longoria – 3B
- Mike Jastrzemski – CF
- Anthony DeSklafani – RHP
On Monday, Roberts pointed out that Vacaville native and St. Mary’s product Tony Gonsolin may start or play a major role in Game 4, but with the Dodgers pinned to the wall, Buehler will take a three-day rest while Los Angeles turns left-handed. Julio Urias if he can force the fifth game on Thursday.
Buhler will face right-wing Giants player Anthony DeSklafani, who manager Gabe Kapler announced as a player at the start of Game 4 following the team’s 1-0 win on Monday. DeSklafani’s numbers against the Dodgers are dire this year as the veteran starter posted a 7.33 ERA over six starts, but he was brilliant in his last match of the season against Los Angeles as Desclafani led the Giants to victory with six lockout innings from a two-hit ball on September 3 at Oracle Park.
Giants Game 2 starter Kevin Gausman is likely to pull out of the bullpen on Tuesday, but Kapler is expected to save Webb for potential Game 5. The Giants may need Gausman to win at least one inning in Game 4 after Right-handers Tyler Rogers and Camilo Doval each threw over 20 assists in game 3.
Rogers met his season high with 29 assists in 1 2/3 innings, while Doval needed 22 assists to record six saves.
Roberts said that if the Dodgers play their fifth game, left-hander Julio Urias will start the game at Oracle Park on Thursday.