Game 6 of the National League Championship Series is set for Saturday night at 8:08 p.m. ET in Atlanta's Truist Park. The pitching matchup was originally scheduled to be Max Scherzer for the Dodgers against Ian Anderson for the Braves. That will not happen. Scherzer has been scratched from his Game 6 start after saying his "arm was dead" following Game 3.
On Saturday, the Dodgers announced Walker Buehler will start Game 6 on short rest. The Braves roughed him up in Game 3, and that was with two extra days of rest following his short-rest start in Game 4 of the NLDS.
The Los Angeles Times originally reported Scherzer will not start Game 6. Here's more:
Max Scherzer was scheduled to speak to the media via Zoom soon after the Dodgers landed at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport on Friday night. News conferences are customary for starting pitchers the day before scheduled playoff outings and Scherzer has been slated to start Game 6 of the National League Championship Series against the Atlanta Braves on Saturday.
But Scherzer didn't address reporters. The team touched down at around 8:15 p.m. EDT and canceled the session minutes later because Scherzer isn't going to start Saturday after all, according to two people with knowledge of the situation.
Scherzer had two bad starts to end the regular season. He was pretty good but didn't have his command in the NL Wild Card Game, leading to him not making it through the fifth inning. He was pretty well dominant in his NLDS start and then closed out Game 5 with a one-inning outing. He seemed compromised in Game 2 of this series, as he again didn't make it out of the fifth inning, and then made the comments after the game about how he had dead arm.
Without Scherzer starting, the Dodgers' pitching situation is pretty murky. The only other option to Buehler on short rest was a bullpen game. They just did one in Game 5, too, and lost Joe Kelly to injury in the process. David Price has been activated in Kelly's spot, but he hasn't thrown more than 30 pitches since August. Tony Gonsolin has been a starter for much of his time with the Dodgers, but he's been used strictly in relief this postseason.
The Dodgers will get what they can from Buehler in Game 6, cobble it together with the bullpen after that, then hope they have to figure out their pitching for Game 7.