The Dodgers were hoping for a bounceback start from Walker Buehler on Saturday. Following 4 starts where he got touched up for a total of 13 earned runs, getting back on track against a very good Mets team would have been ideal.
Instead, Buehler got tagged hard by New York’s offense. He gave up a solo shot to Francisco Lindor in the 1st inning and then got hit hard in the 3rd. A very long Pete Alonso homerun ended his night and the Dodgers had to go to the bullpen.
Unfortunately, that came after the Dodgers offense put up 4 runs for Buehler. He spoke after the game about how frustrating that was for him to give up all of those runs after his team got him in a position to win the game.
“It stinks. It stinks to put your team in a hole after they scored four runs for me. It’s kind of more of the same. Frustrating. …I’m trying to figure it out and I don’t like this any more than the next guy,”
It’s been a rough going for Buehler It seems like every start lately he’s in danger of giving up a handful of runs. And the Dodgers need him to be much better. Over his last 5 total starts, he has now given up 19 earned runs in just 24.2 innings of work. That’s not going to win them any ballgames.
The Dodgers need him right, and for the moment, nothing looks right. The only positive was that his velocity did seem to be back up on Saturday, touching 97 mph on his heater. That was a concern early on in the season. But aside from that, he’s been tough to watch.