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Dodgers: Walker Buehler Accomplishes History In NLDS Game One

Young Buehler etches his name in the history books twice more

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LOS ANGELES, CA - OCTOBER 26: Walker Buehler #21 of the Los Angeles Dodgers reacts after a strike out during the seventh inning against the Boston Red Sox in Game Three of the 2018 World Series at Dodger Stadium on October 26, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)

In Thursday’s NLDS series opener against the Washington Nationals, Walker Buehler let it all hang out. Furthermore, he went six innings while allowing just one hit. Equally important, he tallied eight strikeouts.

Thanks to MLB Stats on Twitter, we are made aware of how prolific Buehler’s strikeout totals have been through five postseason starts. In fact, he’s right there with a Dodgers’ legend on the Mount Rushmore of postseason strikeouts through five starts.

Now, Buehler has 37 strikeouts in his first five postseason starts. How good is this total? He sits just two behind the Hall of Famer Koufax at 39, taking us down history lane a little bit.

Furthermore, Buehler accomplished another feat of history in NLDS game one. Let’s take a look at a tweet from Stats by STATS.

Indeed, Buehler is the first National League pitcher ever to have back-to-back playoff starts going six-plus innings while allowing two or fewer hits. Of course, the last time we saw Buehler in a playoff game was in the World Series of 2018 against the Boston Red Sox. During that game, Buehler allowed just two hits over seven innings.

All night long in NLDS game one, Buehler featured a power fastball that climbed into the upper 90’s. While battling through some control issues – issuing three walks – he had the stuff to work out of several jams.

Finally, they say the strikeout pitch and plus-stuff plays up in the big moments. Without question, Buehler put on display the type of arsenal that has already given him the reputation as a big game pitcher.

It’s possible the Dodgers are looking at another staff ace already, if historical statistics are any indicator.

Written by Clint Evans

Clint lives in Ohio, and played collegiate baseball. He loves the Dodgers due to his first memories of Chavez Ravine when he was nine years old. The voice of Vin Scully has been a staple in his life since he was a kid. No amount of baseball talk is ever enough, and he wishes the regular season was year round. He has written about baseball online since 2007.

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  1. Al Fresco Choke on this and draw a Picture, call urself an Artist for all I care……..I wanna see U throw a 90 mph Fast Ball, nothing but a Hater huh by U see u later.

  2. BUEHLER IS FOR REAL. HOPE D.R. DOES NOT RUIN HIM. HE IS NOW @ THE ACE LEVEL. DODGERS MUST STOP SWINGING AT BALLS AND HIT THE STRIKES. NO HITS = NO RUNS = LOST GAMES = NO W.S. WIN

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