May was only asked to throw one inning as the opener in Game 7 of the NLCS against Atlanta on Sunday, allowing one run on one hit while striking out one and walking two. May had also started Game 5 just two days prior, throwing two innings, so a similar workload seemed likely in this one. He was removed after just one rather unconvincing frame, however, as he allowed the first three runners to reach base before minimizing the damage with a double play ball. May has been a "starter" in three of his five postseason appearances this year, though he's thrown a total of 7.2 innings across all five outings. He'll presumably be used similarly during the World Series, though off days will return for that series, which could cause the Dodgers to alter their plans.
May will be the first pitcher on the mound for the Dodgers in Game 7 of the NLCS against Atlanta on Sunday, J.P. Hoornstra of the Los Angeles Daily News reports. May started Game 5 on Friday, though he threw just two innings. He presumably won't be asked to handle anything close to a true starter's workload this time around, either, as the Dodgers will have all hands on deck for the elimination contest. May has allowed one earned run in 6.2 innings so far this postseason, striking out nine while walking four.
May will be the starting pitcher for Game 5 of the NLCS against the Braves on Friday, Eric Stephen of SBNation.com reports. May worked 1.2 innings in relief during Game 1 on Monday, allowing no runs on a hit and a walk while fanning two. The right-hander has not pitched more than two innings in any of his three appearances this postseason, so it's unclear how much length the Dodgers will look to get out of him Friday.
May was merely the opener for Game 3 of the NLDS against the Padres, as he was only asked to throw a single inning, striking out one and walking one while allowing no hits and no runs. The Dodgers faked out fantasy players and seemingly the Padres as well, who started left-handed platoon bat Mitch Moreland only to pull him for Jurickson Profar after a single plate appearance. May recorded just three outs, with Adam Kolarek recording the next two before handing the ball to Julio Urias, who threw five innings. May has now thrown three scoreless innings across his two appearances this postseason. It's entirely possible he makes a proper start during the NLDS against Atlanta, though there's little reason to believe that the Dodgers will suddenly stop being creative with their pitching staff -- especially considering May now hasn't been allowed to last at least five innings in an appearance since Sept. 22.
May will start Game 3 of the NLDS against the Padres on Thursday, Ken Gurnick of MLB.com reports. May threw two scoreless innings of relief in Game 1 on Tuesday, so he may not be asked to pitch too deep into this one, though it's possible the Dodgers consider his 27 pitches in that game to be the equivalent of a typical side session between starts and will give him a fairly long leash. The 23-year-old righty cruised to a 2.57 ERA in 10 starts and a pair of relief appearances during the regular season, but his 4.62 FIP and 3.98 xFIP suggest he overachieved by quite a bit, as he struck out a modest 19.6 percent of opposing batters.