Many expected the Los Angeles Dodgers to name 20-game winner Julio Urias as their starting pitcher for the fifth NLDS game on Friday night, but they decided to go with a completely different approach.
Corey Knebel, who has never played a postseason in his career, will be ready to start against the San Francisco Giants. The Dodgers will use it as an opener. As Bill Shaikin of the Los Angeles Times pointed out, Knebel opened four games for the Dodgers during the regular season. One of them was September. 3 against the giants.