On Saturday night at Dodger Stadium, the spotlight was on the young Dodgers ace Walker Buehler. With his complete game effort over the Padres, Buehler etched his name next to legends in the game of baseball.
Walker Buehler has his 2nd start this season with 15+ strikeouts and 0 walks allowed.
He is the 3rd different pitcher in the MLB history to have multiple starts with 15 strikeouts and 0 walks in the same season; joining Pedro Martínez (1999 and 2000) and Dwight Gooden (1984). pic.twitter.com/nlptLfk7ad
— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) August 4, 2019
Buehler became just the 3rd pitcher in Major League Baseball history to have multiple starts with 15 strikeouts and 0 walks in the same season. The other two pitchers were Dwight Gooden in 1984 and Pedro Martinez in 1999 and 2000. Buehler is in elite company.
Walker put on a show for the fans and made history while doing it.
15 Ks? Straight Buetane. pic.twitter.com/a9m92qKbs4
— Los Angeles Dodgers (@Dodgers) August 4, 2019
Through 21 starts this season, Buehler has allowed one run or fewer in 9 of those 21 contests. He sits at 131.1 innings pitched in 2019, accumulating 152 strikeouts, and an ERA of 3.22.
In 1984, a 21 year-old Dwight Gooden went 17-9 with a 2.60 ERA in 31 starts en route to NL Rookie of the Year honors for the New York Mets.
Across the 1999 and 2000 seasons, Pedro Martinez was on a different planet in the American League. In 60 games and 58 starts, the former Dodger went 41-10 with a 1.90 ERA over 430.1 innings pitched for the Red Sox, earning 2 All-Star berths, and 2 Cy Young awards.
Complete games in this day and age are a rarity. In case you missed it, after the game, Walker Buehler caught up with David Vassegh about another 9-inning effort.
I wish it happened more, and I wish I could do it more. It’s one of those things it’s special every time regardless, whether they score or not.
Buehler is in line start next on Friday night at Dodger Stadium against the Diamondbacks.