Buehler allowed five runs (four earned) on seven hits and two walks over five innings Wednesday against Miami.
Buehler finally had a rough outing, as Wednesday's start, his fifth, was his first time allowing more than two runs. The culprit was his two-seam fastball, which was put in play seven times for six hits by Marlins batters, including Justin Bour's two-run home run in the fifth inning that put the nail in the coffin of Buehler's bid for the win. It's hard to quibble with Buehler's performance thus far, as he owns a 2.67 ERA in his young rookie season, but Wednesday's outing finally shows the 23-year-old is human. He'll look to get back on track Monday against the Rockies.
Buehler couldn't quite match the feat of his combined no-hitter against the Padres in his last start but the 23-year-old was impressive again against Cincinnati despite not receiving enough help from his offense to put him in line for the win. It' still early to be fully anointing him a go-to fantasy option but the rookie certainly looks like the real deal, with a 1.64 ERA, a 1.00 WHIP and a 27:7 K:BB to his name through 22 innings. His rotation spot can be considered secure and he's scheduled to take the mound again in a road matchup against Miami next Wednesday.
Buehler was up originally as just an injury fill-in, but after throwing six innings of no-hit ball Friday against the Padres he's now viewed as a permanent member of the rotation. Through 16 innings so far this season, the young righty has a 1.13 ERA. His 11.1 percent walk rate is a bit high, but he more than makes up for it with a stellar strikeout rate (30.2 percent) and groundball rate (63.9 percent). His innings total could be a concern, as he threw just 98 innings last year, but with the Dodgers already six games back of the Diamondbacks in the NL West, that's a problem they'll have to wait to address.
It was a historic night for Buehler and his relievers as the 23-year-old right-hander spearheaded the team to its first combined no-hitter in franchise history. He was only starting the game after he was called up to the minors due to Hyun-Jin Ryu going on the disabled list but his overall body of work in his time in the big leagues has been extremely impressive so far this season, as the no-hit outing lowered his ERA to 1.13 and his WHIP to 1.06 through 16 innings to go along with 19 strikeouts. It's obviously still a small sample size but he's certainly making quite the case that he deserves to be thought of as more than injury stopgap and that he belongs at the big-league level.
Buehler was recalled from High-A Rancho Cucamonga on Friday.
As expected, Buehler will head to the majors to start Friday's contest with the Padres in Mexico. The young starting pitcher will duel with Joey Lucchesi in the series opener. To make room for him on the active roster, Edward Paredes was optioned to Triple-A.
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