Last September I wrote a post – it was as good as I believed Walker Buehler could be. However on Friday night, a June 21st night of 2019 at Chavez Ravine; the youngster proved me wrong.
Of course you know Buehler went the distance, striking out 16 Colorado Rockies in a 4-2 Dodgers’ win. The only two hits he allowed all night were home runs to elite hitters in Nolan Arenado and Charlie Blackmon.
And other than that, Buehler was cutting down big league hitters. Imagine being 24-years of age and making another team at the highest level look this way.
Sweet 16. pic.twitter.com/nA86evqtm0
— Los Angeles Dodgers (@Dodgers) June 22, 2019
I had a feeling Buehler would be extra special tonight, but never to this degree. While displaying the kind of arm talent that 99 percent of players aren’t born with, I had another thought.
Buehler may go his entire career, and never have a night like this again.
That’s what my mind said to me. So I tuned in more intently, and made sure to focus on every pitch. It’s not to say that Buehler won’t have dozens more starts that leave people in awe of his ability. Indeed, he will do that. However, how many elite pitchers go their entire career and never have a game with 16 strikeouts and not a single walk?
It was the first complete game for a Dodger right handed pitcher in five years, since Josh Beckett’s no-hitter. We’re talking about a historic start here that you all just witnessed. Surely, it’s on the highlight reels as you wake up and read this post.
Buehler was so good that he made Cody Bellinger’s 25th home run of the year a mere footnote. No one mentioned the fact that Bellinger also hit his 25th home run off German Marquez of the Rockies in game 163 last season until now
— MLB Stats (@MLBStats) June 22, 2019
This is because it mattered very little, the Dodgers’ best player was inconsequent to a force of the sport you see once every decade or so from the team you root for.
And some never see it.
For as great as most pitchers are advertised or heralded, few ever have a game like this. The likelihood that Buehler ever does again what you just saw is highly unlikely. Perhaps he goes his entire career trying to find the magic like he had with every one of his 111 deliveries.
However, at least Buehler had tonight. And at least he showed it this one time. This is how good he can be, and that ceiling is always in existence now.
In an era where experts are theorizing about a ‘juiced baseball’, Buehler brought gravity and reason to the discussion. The highlight reels of long home runs were set to pause, and once again Walker Buehler ruled the earth.