Buehler hurled four innings against Milwaukee in a Cactus League game Wednesday, allowing one run on three hits and three walks while striking out four. Buehler struggled with his command in his third spring start but was able to limit the damage to one run, lowering his Cactus League ERA to 3.24. The 25-year-old will occupy the No. 2 spot in the Dodgers' rotation when the regular season commences.
Buehler pitched two perfect innings against Colorado in his Cactus League debut Saturday, striking out two batters. He touched 96 mph with his fastball, per Bill Plunkett of The Orange County Register. The velocity was in line with the 96.5-mph average Buehler registered on his fastball last season. Following his All-Star 2019 campaign, Buehler is expected to co-spearhead the Dodgers' staff this season along with future Hall of Famer Clayton Kershaw.
Buehler did not factor into the decision Wednesday in a 7-3 loss to the Nationals in Game 5 of the National League Division Series after allowing one run on four hits and three walks with seven strikeouts in 6.2 innings. Buehler exited the game in the seventh inning with a 3-1 lead, but Clayton Kershaw and Joe Kelly surrendered six runs the rest of the way. The 25-year-old Buehler went 14-4 in 30 regular-season starts with a 3.26 ERA and 1.04 WHIP, then allowed just one run over 12.2 innings in his two postseason starts while generating a 15:6 K:BB. He'll enter the 2020 campaign as one of the game's elite starting pitchers in all fantasy formats.
Buehler is in line to start Game 5 of the NLDS against the Nationals on Wednesday, Jorge Castillo of the Los Angeles Times reports. Washington was able to force a Game 5 after a victory Monday evening, and according to skipper Dave Roberts, Buehler will get the nod. After Monday's loss, Roberts stated that the idea is for Clayton Kershaw to piggyback with Walker, per Bill Plunkett of The Orange County Register.
Buehler allowed one hit and three walks while striking out eight over six scoreless innings in a win over Washington in Game 1 of the NLDS on Thursday. Manager Dave Roberts gave Buehler the nod in Game 1 over future Hall of Famer Clayton Kershaw, and Buehler rewarded his skipper's faith with a gem. Buehler made history, becoming the first NL pitcher to have back-to-back postseason starts of six innings or more with two or fewer hits allowed, per Ken Gurnick of MLB.com. The right-hander also became the first pitcher ever to strike out at least seven batters in each of his first five career postseason games. He's in line to start Game 5, if necessary.
Last 7 Games