The Los Angeles Dodgers announced that Max Scherzer will not be starting for Saturday’s Game 6 against the Atlanta Braves.
According to Jorge Castillo of the Los Angeles Times, Scherzer’s arm has felt “dead” since pitching 79 times in Game 2 of the championship series. The Dodgers will be forced to stave off elimination without their ace on the mound — using a worn out pitching staff to keep the Braves from sealing the best-of-seven series.
Since Thursday night’s 11-2 win at Dodgers Stadium, manager Dave Roberts has admitted that he’s been in the dark regarding the pitcher’s timeline leading up to the crucial Game 6.
“I don’t know until we get there,” the manager said. “I really don’t. He’s doing his work and preparing. Obviously, he’s been on the stage. … Whatever he can give us we’re going to have guys around him to help us win a ballgame.”
Scherzer earned his first major league save in 14 seasons during Game 5 of the NLDS (Oct. 14) — helping the Dodgers close out the series against the San Francisco Giants.
The Dodgers have wrung their pitching lineup dry to stay alive in October. Clay Kershaw was ruled out for the postseason before hitting the field, and Scherzer began his hefty offseason run by throwing 94 pitches against the St. Louis Cardinals in the Wild Card matchup.
Seven different pitchers were utilized in the team’s win on Thursday, keeping the team alive in their pursuit of a Game 7 — should they survive Saturday. As of current reporting, the Dodgers have yet to announce their starter. Stay tuned with OutKick as the news develops.
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