Braves-Dodgers: Dustin May to start for Los Angeles in Game 7 NLCS

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The Los Angeles Dodgers, who are just hours away from taking the field for Game 7 of their National League Championship series against the Atlanta Braves, have finally revealed the identity of their starting pitcher. It won’t be Tony Gonsolin, as expected. It won’t be Julio Urias either. It’s more like Dustin May, according to Eric Stephen of SB Nation, among others.

May 23 will make its third appearance in the series. He pitched in the first game, then started the fifth game. This “start” was rather “open” as it was limited to two innings, 11 batters and 55 pitches. May will be working on a day off, suggesting he’s unlikely to throw beyond one inning, maybe two if he’s effective.

Once May is over, the Dodgers will likely hand things over to Gonsolin. As this is a multi-handed situation, they could also involve Julio Urias on a short rest. The Dodgers have one particular pickle to worry about for Game 7, and that concerns their late-game trio of Pedro Baez, Blake Treinen and Kenley Jansen. All three pitched on consecutive days, meaning they could (and probably will) pitch for a third consecutive day.

During the regular season, May made 12 appearances (10 starts) and racked up a ratio of 2.57 ERA (165 ERA +) and 2.75 strikeouts / step.

May, incidentally, will be opposed by Braves right-hander Ian Anderson. Anderson started Game 2 for the Braves and held the Dodgers to no runs in four innings. He walked five batters and allowed a hit, suggesting he had a chance to escape without any damage.

The winner will claim the National League pennant and advance to the World Series to meet the Tampa Bay Rays. The Rays, of course, got their ticket to the Fall Classic on Saturday, beating the Houston Astros in their own Game 7.

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