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Dodgers: Walker Buehler Experiencing Dead Arm? Will High Workload Impact Buehler in Postseason?



Walker Buehler has been a rock for the Dodgers rotation this year, leading the staff with 30 starts and 192 innings pitches. Through his first 26 starts of the season, the 2-time All-Star was on his way to winning his first Cy Young award having posted the lowest ERA in MLB at 2.02 to go along with an elite 0.92 WHIP. However, after a rare big-game clunker vs. the San Francisco Giants, Buehler has fallen behind Brewers hurler, Corbin Burnes, and his fellow Dodgers teammate Max Scherzer in the Cy Young race.

Buehler fell behind in the Cy Young race after allowing six runs and lasting just three innings in the Dodgers 6-4 loss to the Giants a few Sundays ago. The six runs allowed were the most he’s surrendered since September 2019.

In the outing, Buehler’s fastball usage and velocity were down, leading to some chatter that he could be experiencing some “dead arm”. We take a deep dive into Buetane’s recent performances and discuss if his career high in innings has led to some arm fatigue. Plus, Walker Buehler has established himself as one of the premier postseason pitchers in the game over the past few seasons, but will the increased workload this year allow him to be as effective during the upcoming postseason?

WATCH: Walker Buehler Experiencing Dead Arm? Will High Workload Impact Buehler in Postseason?

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Written by Doug McKain

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  1. If he puts 20 pounds on his stance will change. Don’t you remember what happened to Kershaw 5-6 years ago? He beefed up and lost his stance. They were saying his career was over. He lost the bulk and voila. Great pitcher again.
    Weight is not the answer.
    Rest is another idea.

  2. Urias doesn’t need another 20lbs that’s for sure, but the next article here, talks about his unexplained lack of velocity.

    Being ‘heavy’ isn’t the answer This isn’t football.

  3. Buehler sure didn’t look tonight in Colorado. His performance was way off. He may not be at his best in the playoffs.

  4. Time to conceed this race and rest these guys right now. They already look like a Mash unit, and the Vagiants aren’t going away. Buehler needs the rest right now. Just get ready for the WC game against the cards. It is what it is, so deal with it. The Vagiants won the series one year I believe in 2012 as a Wild card so there’s that…..

    • Kirk:

      I agree. Roberts needs to focus on the wild card game ahead and forget about catching the Giants who don’t have nearly as many “Whoops” games as the Dodgers do. Too many walking wounded, tired arms and probably mental fatigue from living in the Robert’s “Russian Roulette Lineup” game.

  5. Mismanager Roberts fault.
    Now has Scherzer, Kershaw, Gonsolin, Urias and Buehler as SPs for the final weeks of the season. Yet during Kershaw’s last start, he chose to field Gonsolin as relief pitcher.
    He should’ve used Gonsolin as SP during the 3rd game vs the Rockies thereby giving an extra day off to all SPs since they did not have a game the following day.

    • I’d rest Walker now so he’s fresh when the games count next month. He’s likely got end of season fatigue.

  6. Buehler must be hurting and injured somewhere, either physically or mentally. Another one of those who won’t tell the manager! He is definitely not himself; and has blown some big games recently. DR has to sit him down and find out what is wrong.

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