Buehler gave up three runs on four hits with two walks while striking out one through 5.2 innings in a no-decision against the Cubs on Wednesday. Buehler pitched 5.2 scoreless innings before giving up a three-run home run to Javier Baez that promptly ended his outing. This wasn't a typical Buehler start as he only induced seven swinging strikes and struck out one batter. It's not been the first month of the season that was expected for the 24-year-old as he has a 2-0 record with a 5.25 ERA and 6.8 K/9 through five starts. Buehler will get his next start Tuesday in San Francisco.
Buehler (2-0) earned the win against the Reds on Wednesday by giving up one unearned run on three hits across 6.1 innings. He struck out eight and walked one. Buehler put forth his best start of the season as he allowed only two baserunners over six scoreless innings before the Reds were able to scratch out a run on two hits during the seventh. The 24-year-old has a 5.40 ERA, 1.20 WHIP and 17:6 K:BB over 18.1 innings and will likely take the mound next week against the Cubs.
Buehler (1-0) picked up the win Saturday, allowing one run on three hits and two walks over five innings while striking out four in a 7-2 victory over the Rockies. The right-hander got a fairly early hook despite his effectiveness, throwing 50 of 79 pitches for strikes, but it's understandable the Dodgers wouldn't want to press Buehler's luck at Coors Field. He'll look to keep building momentum in his next outing Thursday in St. Louis.
Buehler will be limited in his season debut Sunday against Arizona, Jorge Castillo of the Los Angeles Times reports. The Dodgers want Buehler to get through five innings, so he'll still be in line for a win if he pitches well enough, but he won't reach the 100-pitch mark. The team is known for handling its pitchers cautiously, but the decision Sunday is primarily due to the fact that Buehler didn't make his spring debut until March 18. He'll eventually be allowed to go deep in games as the season progresses.
Buehler has been named the starting pitcher for Sunday's game against the Angels, David Vassegh of AM 570 LA Sports reports. Buehler will start the fourth game of the regular season for the Dodgers after being ruled out for an Opening Day start. He didn't make his spring debut until March 18, but he tossed a four-inning simulated game Monday, per ESPN's Alden Gonzalez and has evidently shown enough progression to toe the rubber on opening weekend.