The Astros finished off the Red Sox in last night’s contest so the only game tonight will be the Dodgers playing in Atlanta. The Dodgers managed to force the series to six games with a heroic effort from super-sub Chris Taylor. Seriously, people talk about Whit Merrifield’s defensive flexibility, but Taylor played at least 10 games at second, short, third, left, and center in 2021. He also played some in right. The Dodgers will be counting on him again, tonight.
There has already been much pitching intrigue in this post-season and it will continue tonight. The Dodgers were expected to send trade-deadline ace Max Scherzer to the mound but he has a dead arm after being used quite a bit already this post-season. In his stead, the Dodgers will ask Walker Buehler to make the start on three days’ rest. They also removed Joe Kelly from their post-season roster for injury and added left-hander David Price. I wonder what it must be like to keep someone like David Price off of your post-season roster until injury forces your hand?
Atlanta will counter with Ian Anderson. He’s been very good in his young career but allowed two runs in only three innings while starting game two of this series. HIs bullpen and offense picked him up and gave their team a win in that game, so Atlanta will hope for that as a worst-case outcome tonight.