Dave Roberts made it official on Saturday afternoon, announcing his first two starters for the NLCS. Walker Buehler will get the start in Game 1, with Clayton Kershaw following him in Game 2.
This will be the third straight series that has been the 1-2 punch for the Dodgers, as they used those two in those games against the Brewers and the Padres. With this becoming a seven-game series, there will need to be (potentially) up to three additional pitchers who will make the start for LA. Your guess is as good as mine as to who they can potentially be.
When speaking with the media, Roberts didn’t announce who would be LA’s starting pitcher in games 3-5. Shocking, I know.
If I were to guess, we could see similar situations fold out as in Game 3 against the Padres. However they are used, it is safe to assume that Julio Urias, Dustin May and Tony Gonsolin will be getting the bulk of those innings someway or the other. Whether that be going the old fashioned way and starting those games, or coming out of the bullpen in the second or third inning.
Either way, it’s bound to be a very fun and exciting series this week.