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Walker Buehler Expected to Remain in Starting Rotation



If Walker Buehler hasn’t purchased a house in Los Angeles, he might want to soon. On Saturday, it was announced that the rookie will remain in the starting rotation moving forward.

This doesn’t come as much of a surprise, as Buehler has arguably been the best starter for L.A. this season. On the early season, the 23-year-old is 2-0 with a 1.13 ERA. He has 19 strikeouts in 16 innings, and has a WHIP of just over one.

The news comes just a day after the Dodgers combined to throw a no-hitter, their first combined no-no in franchise history. Buehler got the start, going six innings, which was a career high. In six innings of work, he held the Padres hitless, while getting eight strikeouts.

A lot of eyes were on Dave Roberts, who pulled the young right-hander after six innings. After recovering from Tommy John Surgery, the former first-round pick is still getting back to form, and needs to be eased into the starting rotation slowly.

Regardless of being on an innings limit, Roberts knows that Buehler in the starting rotation gives them the best chance to win ballgames.

Analysis

This doesn’t come as much of a surprise with Dodgers fans. Buehler was expected to see a plethora of starts due to the amount of injuries L.A. has already faced on the young season. After throwing six innings of no-hit ball, it just helped Roberts solidify his decision. Dodgers fans expected to see Buehler pitch this season, but I don’t think any expected to see him thrown into the rotation this early. Regardless, the potential he has shown early on has to have fans catching a series case of ‘Buehler-Fever’. If we can expect anything like these first three starts, this could be the beginning of something truly special.

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Written by Blake Harris

Blake is currently studying sports journalism at Arizona State University. He covers both the basketball and baseball teams, while hosting a weekly baseball show on the school's radio program. In his spare time, he edits highlight videos for collegiate and professional athletes. He currently has over 125,000 subscribers and 70 million views on Youtube. Born and raised in Los Angeles, he passionately roots for the Dodgers, Clippers, and Saints.

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