The Dodgers’ margin of error is disappearing, but they’ve dealt with it before – Press Enterprise
LOS ANGELES – This might have been a Clayton Kershaw match. Or Dustin May. Or, if not for a series of unfortunate events, Trevor Bauer.
Instead, the Dodgers will attempt to extend the season with a promotion plan that manager Dave Roberts didn’t reveal on Monday night, either because he didn’t know what that 1-0 loss, Game 3 did to the original plan, or because he didn’t. I don’t want to tell the San Francisco Giants that they’re going to see Walker Buehler two nights before they’re supposed to.
They might not be surprised. They never are.
Buehler came down in San Francisco on Friday night. He hasn’t done a three-day break in his career, and this season he’s had 207-2/3 runs in the playoffs.
But then the Giants got the last six goals from rookie Camilo Duval, and he’s never done that before either.
The precedent isn’t particularly meaningful when the Dodgers, the only National League team to average five runs in 2021, were disqualified twice in the first three games of the series.
Roberts admitted he was “frustrated” that the Giants continued to play Whack-A-Mole with nearly every hard-hit ball. The highlight play came from short-stop Brandon Crawford, who skated to block the lead of the Mookie Betts streak with two in the seventh and two in the seventh.
But Donovan Solano, who came to play second base when Tommy La Stella’s Achilles was tightened, also moved to his left to retire AJ Bullock for the first time in the seventh.
And the wind, apparently imported from Candlestick Point in San Francisco where an infuriatingly old soccer field stood, made it customary for a team based on running at home to hit home.
The last hitter, Gavin Lukes, watched his square shot hit a wall of wind and be tracked down by Stephen Duggar. Roberts thought he was gone, and Giants III captain Evan Longoria admitted his “heart sank” when he saw the track.
“It was a very strange wind for L.A.,” said Giants principal Gabi Kapler, a graduate of Taft High School in Woodland Hills.
Only Longoria brought up a hammer big enough to break through storms and reach the seats, as he did in a fast 0 and 2 straight ball from Max Scherzer in fifth.
For most of the day, the Dodgers acted as if Tony Gonsulin, who had been a regular fixture for most of the season, was the promotion leader in Game Four, and that was, of course, before they lost Game Three. and Kenley Jansen for one role each, and there is a day off between Tuesday and a potential match 5 in San Francisco.
But you’d rather get Buehler, who finished second in the National League in innings, third in ERA, seventh in strokes, and fourth in WHIP.
“I think he’ll throw the ball really well,” said Albert Pujols, the Dodgers’ first-team captain, although no one announced Buehler’s departure. “I know he’s coming on a short rest, but I think he’s going to be very excited.”
In 2014, Vanderbilt needed Buehler to emulate a relief pitcher in a College World Series game against UC Irvine. Buehler hit seven at 5-1/3 without hits. It’s not perfect, but it’s hard to believe Roberts would run into such an emergency and leave Buehler behind.
The Giants have Anthony Disclavani, a rookie with a good rest, locked in the fourth game. He went 13-7 in 2021 with a 3.17 ERA, but was 0-3 with a 7.33 ERA with six runs allowed in six games against the team. Dodgers. Much of this era is weighted by a 10-round, 2/3-inning outing on May 23, and he threw six innings without goals against them the last time he faced them.
If that doesn’t work, they can count on Logan Webb, who charmed the Dodgers’ snakes in Game 1, against Julio Urias in the winner-takes-all game five on Thursday. Jureas was dealing with his usual schedule.
Is this how it ends up for a team that won 106 games in the regular season? Maybe, but then the Dodgers learned how to tackle the brink.
They needed Chris Taylor to race at home to overtake the St. Louis Cardinals in last week’s wild card game. They were late in Atlanta, 3-1, in the NL Championship Series last year and ended up winning, with Buehler edging out at the start of Game 6.
Many of this team remember 2018 in Milwaukee, when Buehler started Game 7 and Kershaw completed it, and the Dodgers won the NLCS.
Roberts seems to believe that the gods of Line Drive will step in for the Dodgers and put baseballs out of San Francisco’s defensive octopus reach. After Alex Wood left the game by two in the fifth inning, the Dodgers fired three hitters for the Giants, fielded 16 hitters who only fired three, and got none. Finish the game without additional base strokes.
The enormity of the night and the apparent reluctance to face the fallout from such a sudden defeat would put a frightening confrontation on every Dodger. This is another reason to use a man like Buehler. He rarely leaves the house without him.