Chris Taylor and the Dodgers had themselves a night on Thursday:
Chris Taylor of the @Dodgers is the first player in MLB history to have a walkoff HR when facing elimination and a multi-HR game when facing elimination in his postseason career (let alone in the same year).— Stats By STATS (@StatsBySTATS) October 22, 2021
The @Dodgers are the first team in MLB history to have a player with 3+ HR and another player with 2+ HR in a postseason game.— Stats By STATS (@StatsBySTATS) October 22, 2021
The Dodgers' Chris Taylor & AJ Pollock are just the 3rd pair of teammates with multiple HRs in same postseason game.— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) October 22, 2021
Fernando Tatis Jr. and Wil Myers did it last season for the Padres and Babe Ruth and Lou Gehrig did it for the Yankees in 1932. pic.twitter.com/eW56OlGbbv
Momentum, though, as you know, is only as good as your next day’s starting pitcher.
Here’s everything you need to know for today’s LCS game.
Dodgers vs. Braves, 7:08 p.m. CT. Braves lead series 3-2.
Walker Buehler, RHP vs. Ian Anderson, RHP
Max Scherzer was supposed to start this game, but was scratched with “arm fatigue.” This means, most likely, that using him on two days’ rest to close Game 5 of the division series against the Giants, then starting him on two days’ rest in Game 2 of the NLCS, was a mistake. 202 pitches in a seven-day span is... a lot. That was confirmed by Dave Roberts this afternoon:
Roberts said the cost of using Scherzer in relief for 13 pitches in Game 5 has exceeded his expectations. Said he had to trust the player who felt it would be ok. “Could I have foreseen where we are now? No. But you still have to make the decision to get to this point.”— Chelsea Janes (@chelsea_janes) October 23, 2021
Meanwhile, Walker Buehler will now start this game on three days’ rest. His other start in this series — Game 3 — did not go well.
The lineups were posted early today for this game, so here you go:
TV: TBS. Announcers: Brian Anderson, Ron Darling, Jeff Francoeur and Lauren Shehadi.
This is the only thread for today’s game. Enjoy, and discuss amongst yourselves.