Walker Boehler was to start Tuesday night’s three-day rest for the Los Angeles Dodgers in Game 4 of his NL Division Series against the San Francisco Giants.
Boehler objected. Anthony Deslafani, right-handed His first appearance in this post season. DeSclafani made a 3.17 ERA in the 31st start of the best season of his seven-year career.
“He’s done a great job and he’s ready for it, he wants it,” Giants Kepler, the Giants’ manager, said after Game 3. “She is ready and she is the right choice for us.”
Descalfani struggled against the Dodgers during the regular season with a 7.33 ERA in six starts.
The Giants won the best of the five series, 2-1, and could end the defending World Series champions with a victory at Dodger Stadium. Game 5 will be played in San Francisco on Thursday, if required.
Bohler entered the sixth inning on Friday, Throwing 99 pitches in a 1-0 loss to the Giants in Game 1. The right-hander allowed three runs and six hits. The two-time All-Star hit five and went on the road after losing his first post-season game since 2017.
He went to manager Dave Roberts after the Dodgers won 9-2 in Game 2 and volunteered for a short break for the first time in his career.
“It was too late for us to make a decision because we wanted to make sure he was awake and feeling good today,” Roberts said. “How long he can go will determine how he throws baseball and how he feels. He has a way to control his heartbeat and build a pitch.
Roberts said Bohler sought out teammates Clayton Kersha and Max Scherzer, who have experience pitching at short rest. Boehler has previously performed relief work for three days of rest.
Boehler recorded career highs in innings (207 2/3), wins (16), starts (33) and posted his second straight more than 200 strikeout seasons.
“He’s one of the best playoff horses I’ve ever seen,” said right-hander Black Trenton. “It’s a shining moment for him. He did it for us last year when our backs were against the wall. He was our stop.”
In his career, Bohler is 7-1 with a 2.55 ERA in 13 regular season games against the Giants, including 11 starts. He made his worst start of the season against the Giants at Oracle Park on September 5, conceding six runs in three innings of a 6-4 loss – the first of his career for San Francisco.
“He’s been nervous before, like all pots,” Roberts said. “That’s why there are aces. They don’t run away from fights.