Dodgers Starting Walker Buehler On Short Rest In Game 4 Against Giants

Manager Dave Roberts said Buehler raised the possibility after Game 2 and that after the Dodgers lost in Game 3, “it was a no-brainer if he woke up today feeling like he could take the baseball.”

“I think taking down as many outs as we can with the best arms available was the original thought,” said Roberts. “How long he can go, that will be dictated by how he’s throwing the baseball and how he feels.”

Buehler, 27, does have experience with must-win games. In 2018, his first full season, Buehler started Game 163 against the Rockies and threw 6 ⅔ scoreless innings. Last year, Buehler started Game 6 of the NLCS against Atlanta, with the Dodgers down 3-2, and threw six scoreless innings. Buehler had a 1.80 ERA in five playoff starts last year as the Dodgers won the World Series.

“We’ve got a lot of options, but Walker’s one of the best playoff pitchers I’ve ever seen,” Dodgers set-up man Blake Treinen said. “He loves big games, he loves the moment. … This is his moment to shine. He did it last year for us with the back against the wall, he was our stopper. We have so many capable arms, but it says a lot about him being able to take the ball in a situation like this.”

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The Giants got to Buehler in the first inning of Game 1, with Tommy La Stella working a leadoff walk and Buster Posey hitting a two-run, opposite-field home run. Buehler allowed nothing more until the seventh, when Kris Bryant hit a leadoff home run. Buehler had faced the Giants six times in the regular season - he allowed three total earned runs in the first five starts before allowing six in three innings on Sept. 5.

“You never want to get beat up like that, but it was no surprise to see him come back and see a team that had its way with him,” Roberts said. “That’s why aces are aces, because they don’t run from fights. It’s a good club over there, we all know that. And for Walker to want to take the baseball on short rest, it just shows why he’s a top-end starter.”

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As for starting Buehler on short rest, Roberts said: “I don’t know how he’ll react, because he’s never done it. I know that having the player initiate the conversation and owning it and wanting it, I think it bodes well for us.”

Left-hander Julio Urías, who started Game 2, will not be an option to pitch Tuesday night, Roberts said: Urías would start Game 5 if the series gets there.

Here’s the Dodgers lineup for Game 4 against Giants right-hander Anthony DeSclafani: Betts RF, Seager SS, Trea Turner 2B, Smith C, Justin Turner 3B, Lux CF, Bellinger 1B, Taylor LF, Buehler P.

Matt Kawahara is a San Francisco Chronicle staff writer. Email: mkawahara@sfchronicle.com Twitter: @matthewkawahara

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