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Dodgers mulling Buehler or Ryu for Game 2

October 10, 2018

LOS ANGELES -- Dodgers manager Dave Roberts on Wednesday said the club had not decided whether to have rookie Walker Buehler or Hyun-Jin Ryu start Game 2 of the best-of-seven National League Championship Series against the Brewers on Saturday.Clayton Kershaw had earlier been announced to start Game 1.The club worked

LOS ANGELES -- Dodgers manager Dave Roberts on Wednesday said the club had not decided whether to have rookie Walker Buehler or Hyun-Jin Ryu start Game 2 of the best-of-seven National League Championship Series against the Brewers on Saturday.
Clayton Kershaw had earlier been announced to start Game 1.
The club worked out at Dodger Stadium on Wednesday. The team will fly to Milwaukee on Thursday and work out that evening at Miller Park.
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Kershaw is coming off eight scoreless innings against the Braves in Game 2 of the NL Division Series. Ryu fired seven scoreless innings in Game 1 and Buehler started Game 3 on the road, getting rattled in a five-run inning, before settling down to finish with three scoreless innings in the club's only loss of the series.
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Ryu has been most effective pitching at Dodger Stadium, but he threw a bullpen session on Wednesday that would serve as a tuneup for Saturday if management decides it would rather have Buehler pitch at home.
"We're confident wherever he pitches, he'll pitch well," Roberts said of Ryu.
Roster possibilities
The Dodgers won't announce their NLCS roster until Friday morning, but they have indicated Thomas Stripling could be added as a long reliever. For the NLDS, Stripling was edged for a spot by Dylan Floro.
The club also is considering adding an extra hitter such as James Farmer or Chase Utley. Floro and Josh Fields threw batting practice during the workout.

"Last year, you can look at how much we put on the 'pen in two seven-game series," Roberts said. "This year, the way our starters are throwing the baseball, if you can get some more out of your starters, all the better, especially in a seven-game series."

Pressure? What pressure?
"In some people's eyes, winning a championship is a sign of success," Roberts said. "So, you could argue that every year there's 29 teams that fail. Obviously, this market, this team, what we've accomplished in three years that I can speak to, our goal is win a [World Series] championship. We haven't done that yet. I can be firm when I say, if we don't win a championship, then we didn't accomplish our goal. I do know that."

Ken Gurnick has covered the Dodgers for MLB.com since 2001.