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Dodgers vs. Braves: Dave Roberts explains using Julio Urías in relief; Max Scherzer says his ‘arm was dead’

The Los Angeles Dodgers misplaced to the Atlanta Braves 5-4 (box score) in Recreation 2 of the Nationwide League Championship Sequence on Sunday night time. The Dodgers held a 4-2 lead coming into the underside of the eighth inning, but had been unable to carry on after an attention-grabbing pitching determination by Dave Roberts involving lefty Julio Urías.

It is turn into normal working process for managers to ask their starters to doubtlessly seem on their “throw days,” or often two days earlier than their scheduled outings. That is vital to know as a result of Urías, the Dodgers’ scheduled starter for Recreation 4, entered for the underside of the eighth inning. Roberts’ plan appeared to ivolve leveraging Urías by having him face the highest of Atlanta’s order, a bunch that features two left-handed hitters, in Eddie Rosario (.695 OPS versus lefties the previous three years) and Freddie Freeman (.750), in addition to a switch-hitter in Ozzie Albies (.972). 

The Dodgers have simply three left-handers on their pitching employees: Urías, Alex Vesia (who had already pitched), and Justin Bruihl. Clearly Roberts trusted Urías greater than the rookie Bruihl; an affordable place, however one that did not work out on Sunday.

The Braves, who lack good bench choices, gave the impression to be in an unfavorable place. You would not understand it primarily based on how the inning performed out. Have a look:

  • Rosario singled to left;
  • Freeman flied out to left, advancing Rosario to second
  • Albies singled to proper, scoring Rosario
  • Austin Riley doubled to heart, scoring Albies

Urías did rebound to strike out Joc Pederson and Ehire Adrianza, thereby ending the inning. However the harm was finished and the sport was tied heading into the ninth. 

If there’s a vibrant facet to Urías’ outing from a Dodgers perspective, it is that he threw solely 14 pitches. That, plus Monday’s off day, will nonetheless permit him to begin Recreation 4 on Wednesday. (Roberts confirmed as much after Game 2.) In addition to, the Dodgers have been cautious along with his workload this month. In his different two appearances, he is thrown 72 pitches and 59 pitches, with the latter coming as a part of his four-inning “bulk” outing in Recreation 5 of the NL Division Sequence.

Complicating issues for Roberts and the Dodgers is fatigue of Max Scherzer, who began Recreation 2 however was pulled after 4 1/3 innings and 79 pitches. After the sport, Scherzer stated his arm “was lifeless,” however he isn’t coping with any “red-flag accidents.” Scherzer additionally began the NL Wild Card Recreation and NLDS Recreation 3 and closed out NLDS Recreation 5 this postseason.

The Dodgers are actually staring down unfavorable odds. Traditionally, MLB teams who go up 2-0 in best-of-seven units go on to win the sequence about 84 p.c of the time. The Dodgers must show the exception in the event that they wish to advance to their fourth World Sequence in 5 tries. In the event that they fail, count on the choice to make use of Urías on Sunday night time to be criticized deep into the winter.

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