Just like the last round, the Dodgers got several days off before their next series. This time, it was three days off after sweeping the NLDS. The Braves got the same break heading into Game 1 of the National League Championship Series on Monday night at Globe Life Field in Arlington, Texas.
Game 1 will start at 5:08 p.m. PT and will be televised by Fox. Joe Buck will call Dodgers games the rest of the way, alongside John Smoltz, with reporters Ken Rosenthal and Tom Verducci on the telecast.
Walker Buehler starts for the Dodgers, just like he did in Games 1 of the wild card series and NLDS. He lasted four innings in each of those starts, with the Dodgers mindful of his blister, and struck out eight in each game, allowing three total runs in those eight innings.
Naturally, Buehler focused his 95 pitches to get through those four innings last Tuesday in the cavernous Globe Life Field.
“I’d like to say yeah [I’m more aggressive], but I walked four the other day, so I can’t really say I practiced what I preached,” Buehler said Monday.
Max Fried starts for the Braves in Game 1, one of three straight first-round draft picks sent to the mound by Atlanta to start the first three games of this series.
NLCS rosters are due to MLB at 8 a.m. PT, so we should hear whether Edwin Ríos is activated or the Dodgers add a 15th pitcher shortly after that.