ATLANTA – After using a starter in Game 1, the Los Angeles Dodgers will send stars Max Scherzer, Walker Buehler and Julio Urías to the next three games of the National League Championship Series against the Atlanta Braves, which began on Saturday at Truist Park.
As in the decisive fifth game of the division series against the San Francisco Giants, reliever Corey Knebel was singled out as a false starter by the Dodgers. Los Angeles manager Dave Roberts said he made that decision to give Scherzer (15-4, 2.46; 7-0, 1.98 with LA) an extra day off, who closed Thursday night against the Giants. .
Roberts said Buehler (16-4, 2.47) will start in Game 1 of the series at Dodger Stadium on Tuesday, and Mexican left-hander Urías (20-3, 2.96) will start Wednesday.
Between Scherzer, Buehler and Urías combined to go 43-7 with a 2.59 ERA in the regular season. The Dodgers were 59-17 with them on the mound.
According to team notes, the 1927 New York Yankees had been the last to have their league’s top three win-loss percentage pitchers in a season.
Urías, the only 20-game winner from both leagues, led baseball with a .870 percentage, while Buehler (.800) and Scherzer (.789) finished second and third.