The Los Angeles Dodgers’ rotation incorporates seemingly the best pitcher of his age in Clayton Kershaw and a potential Cy Young Award champ in Hyun-Jin Ryu. Be that as it may, it will be Walker Buehler, the gifted right-hander with an electric fastball, who will start their walk toward a different World Series.
Buehler will begin Game 1 of the National League Division Series against the Washington Nationals on Thursday, with first pitch scheduled for 8:37 p.m. ET on TBS. Buehler, who will restrict Nationals lefty Patrick Corbin, downplayed the task, saying “the order’s a little bit less significant than people want to make it out to be.”
However, it was finished with explicit goal – contributing Buehler Game 1 enables him to return and begin a decisive Game 5 on the off chance that it comes to it, which Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said “gives us the best chance to win.”
“We had already made that decision regardless of the outcome last night,” Roberts stated, referencing Tuesday’s NL special case game between the Nationals and the Milwaukee Brewers. “All three of those guys are on board with the decision that we made.”
Roberts still can’t seem to uncover whether it will be Kershaw or Ryu beginning Game 2, and the Nationals presently can’t seem to settle on a choice on when to pitch Max Scherzer and Stephen Strasburg.
Buehler, 25, emerged as a rookie last season, winning Game 163 against the Colorado Rockies and performing admirably against the Brewers in Game 7 of the NL Championship Series.
He pursued by going 14-4 with a 3.26 ERA in 182⅓ innings in 2019, striking out 215 hitters and strolling just 37. Buehler was flimsy now and again, neglecting to record an out in the fifth inning in eight of his 30 beginnings. Be that as it may, he likewise showed discernible dominance, especially in two or three complete games that included at least 15 strikeouts.
Buehler directions five pitches – a four-crease fastball, two-seamer, shaper, curveball and slider – and always tinkers with every one of them. He permitted seven runs (four earned) in 12⅓ innings against the Nationals this season, yet he was particularly overwhelming all through the late spring at Dodger Stadium, going 6-1 with a 2.86 ERA.
“His stuff is not fun to face,” Dodgers focus defender Cody Bellinger said. “But when you have a dude behind it that knows what he’s doing, it’s even better.”