The Dodgers find themselves in a tough position heading into an off day Thursday. The team will head home knowing that 80% of teams that take a 2-0 lead end up taking the series. They also likely know that the last ten teams to take a two games to nothing lead have taken the series. But none of those teams had Walker Buehler going for them in game three.
The team that takes a 2-0 lead in the #WorldSeries goes on to win 80% of the time, including the last 10 straight.
— Michael J. Duarte (@michaeljduarte) October 25, 2018
The young flamethrower out of Vanderbilt got the start of his life in Game 163 against Colorado. He tossed 6.2 innings of work and did not allow a single run to come across. He got the big start in Milwaukee for game seven, and again he did not waver. Buehler tossed 4.2 innings allowing just one run and striking out seven.
And now on the biggest stage he has ever faced, Walker Buehler takes the ball for the most important game of his career. The kid has combined for 16.2 innings of work in the postseason, and has been knocked around a little bit. But it’s his performance in these important games that has told the real story. In his two most important games over the past month, Buehler has tossed 11.1 innings and allowed just one earned run.
Sure, he got knocked around a little bit by Atlanta and Milwaukee, but he has all of the potential needed to get us back into the series. He is electric and his 22 postseason strikeouts certainly show it. In Buehler we trust.
The simple fact of the matter is the Dodgers cannot afford to fall three games behind in the series. If they are able to take two from Boston, then they will be in a good position to make a move. The Dodgers will make Rick Porcello in game three, who has been touched up a bit in the postseason. He has tossed 10.2 innings of work across four appearances, out of the bullpen and as a starter. He has allowed five earned runs(4.22 ERA) and given up two homeruns.