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Dodgers: MLB Writer Predicts Walker Buehler as 2020 Cy Young Award Winner

Buehler is just getting started.



Walker Buehler has cemented himself as the ace of the Dodgers’ staff for both the future and the present. The overpowering fastball, the big power curveball, and the fire and desire Buehler maintains every time he steps onto the mound are big reasons why he is destined for greatness.

Buehler has a bright future — possibly as bright of a future as anyone his age in the league.

Anthony Castrovince of MLB.com recently wrote a column where he outlined his 20 bold predictions for the 2020 season, one of them being that Buehler would take home the NL Cy Young. He might be right considering the direction that Buehler is heading in.

Buehler has been truly excellent since the Dodgers made him a full-time starting pitcher in 2018. He has tossed 319 2/3 innings of a 2.98 ERA with 366 strikeouts. He is just 25 years old and is finding himself amongst the best in the game. That 2.98 ERA mark ranks seventh in Major League Baseball over that span behind four Cy Young winners, Gerrit Cole, and Mike Clevinger. He is truly dominant.

Here is the excerpt specifically pertaining to Buehler:

The layup choice here would be two-time-reigning Cy Young winner Jacob deGrom. Or the Cardinals’ Jack Flaherty, coming off a sterling second half. And of course, you can rarely go wrong betting on Max Scherzer, though there’s no telling if the effects of the deep October run and pitching through injury issues in 2019 will get the best of him. But Buehler already had a 3.26 ERA in 30 starts and 182 1/3 innings as a 24-year-old in 2019. He had only six starts allowing five earned runs or more, and four of them were in the second half. He’s got one of the deeper and more potent arsenals in the sport and is a few adjustments away from going deeper into games and avoiding the occasional clunker.

As Castrovince notes, Buehler has an excellent chance at bringing home the Cy Young to Los Angeles for the first time since Clayton Kershaw. He faces stiff competition with the likes of Jacob deGrom, Max Scherzer, and Jack Flaherty involved in the race.

One final note, Buehler recently said he would be open to discussing a long-term contract to stay with the Dodgers, which would be ideal for the future of the organization. 

Enjoy watching Walker Buehler emerge into one of the game’s brightest stars.

NEXT: Assessing the Dodgers Path to an 8th Consecutive NL West Crown

Written by Daniel Preciado

My name is Daniel Preciado and I am 19 years old. I am a sophomore Sport Analytics major and Cognitive Science and Economics dual minor at Syracuse University. When I am not in New York, I live in Whittier, California --- not too far from Chavez Ravine. I am pretty old-school for being an analytics guy and I will always embrace debate. Also, Chase Utley did absolutely nothing wrong.

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  1. Maybe Roberts will ruin more of his playoff outings like he did in game 5. The kid did everything to keep our season alive only for Roberts to do what he does best. What’s even worse is he ruined Hills once in a lifetime no hitter In 2016 as well as 2 World Series wins for him that he’ll likely never get back

  2. Sorry but he’s not consistent and Cy Young winners are consistent all year,Kershaw wl surprise almost everybody when he wins 20+ with era below 2.30.He could have won 20 last year but dodger offense hardly shows up when he pitches.Buhler will be among candidates but Kershaw will win.If dumb Roberts doesn’t keep turning Julio off He’ll take number 2 spot in rotation.Buhler3 and May4. Nobody has 3 aces but we’ll have those 4.Go Dodgers.

    • Dreamer. Kershaw is a 3+ era pitcher who serves up bombs all game and you can blame Friedman for why Urias will just now be getting a legit shot as a starter

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