Sunday night was another win for Dodgers pitcher Walker Buehler. He tossed 6 scoreless innings and earned his 6th win of the season, tied with Trevor Bauer for third on the team. But it was also about extending a streak that dates all the way back to 2019.
Buehler has not lost a game since September 21, 2019 when the Rockies hung 4 earned runs on him in 6 innings. That was the last time that Buehler notched a loss with the Dodgers. And even though wins and losses are less important in modern-day pitching analysis, it’s pretty significant.
Walker was asked about that streak after his win on Sunday afternoon. And while the Dodgers hurler did remember the exact game that he last took the loss, he also noted that his success in that area is largely due to the team that he is a part of.
To me, that’s a team number obviously. That doesn’t happen unless the offense hasn’t saved me a bunch of times which they have. So there’s a little bit of pride involved with that and trying to go and compete and get deep enough that you kind of avoid that kind of stuff. But really, I think that’s a credit to the team and the offense that we have.
Counting postseason starts, Buehler has now pitched 29 games without taking a loss with the Dodgers. Obviously, the team lost some of those games but none were charged to him. Pretty incredible this day in age to be able to keep that sort of streak up.
Buehler is also quietly having a heck of a year with the Dodgers. Through his 13 starts, Walker has compiled a 2.38 ERA and punchouts. He’s held opposing hitters to a.204 batting average and has his WHIP at 0.94 thus far.