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ESPN MLB insider
Author of “The Arm: Inside the Billion-Dollar Mystery of the Most Valuable Commodity in Sports”
ARLINGTON, Texas — Los Angeles Dodgers manager Dave Roberts did not commit to a starting pitcher for Game 7 of the National League Championship Series after the Dodgers forced the win-or-go-home showdown with a 3-1 victory over the Atlanta Braves on Saturday.
While rookie Tony Gonsolin, their Game 2 starter, is on schedule to pitch, Roberts has a number of potential options. Rookie reliever Brusdar Graterol could be a one- or two-inning opener, Game 3 starter Julio Urias is expected to play a significant role in the Dodgers’ plans and even Clayton Kershaw, the Game 4 starter who would be limited but has talked his way into pitching on short rest in past postseasons, might factor in.
“We are still talking through it,” Roberts said. “We got some good names available. But in terms of how we sort of deploy these guys, we haven’t figured it out yet.”
Utilizing an opener would allow Los Angeles to use one of its best arms to attack the