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Scherzer Won't Start Game 6 of NLCS vs. Braves, Buehler Named Starter

Dodgers ace Max Scherzer, slated to start Saturday's crucial Game 6 of the National League Championship Series against the Braves, won't make the start, per reports. Jorge Castillo of the Los Angeles Times was the first to report.

Los Angeles has named Walker Buehler the starter in Scherzer's place. Buehler will be starting on just four days rest after starting the Dodgers' Game 3 win over Atlanta on Tuesday.

Scherzer has pitched just one game this series, throwing 4.1 innings (and just 79 pitches) and allowing 2 earned runs in Game 2 last Sunday. "My arm was dead," the 37-year-old told reporters after the 5–4 Dodgers loss.

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Scherzer's scratch is due to fatigue concerns, according to Castillo. The eight-time All-Star made two appearances in the National League Divisional Series against the Padres, including a one-inning save in which he threw 13 pitches just three days before his NLCS start.

After a blowout win in Los Angeles in Game 5, the Dodgers will enter their second consecutive elimination game as they travel to Atlanta trailing 3–2.

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