When the right-handed Walker Buehler was an emerging prospect in the agricultural system of the Los Angeles Dodgers, there were rumors that the right young man was going to dominate the mound. Buehler has pitched in many major games in his major league career as he has become one of the many aces the Dodgers have in their starting rotation.
Before the start of the game on Friday night, manager Dave Roberts He said he expects the team to win every time Buehler gets on the mound. The captain’s expectations came true when the Dodgers beat the Mets, 3-2, behind Buehler’s 7 2/3 innings of two runs at Dodger Stadium:
With Buehler (13-2) securing his first career win over the Mets and Giants losing to the Athletics, Los Angeles moved one and a half games behind first place in the National League West. The victory was the Dodgers’ eighth in a row and the twelfth in their last 13 games.
Buehler outscored the Mets in his second straight start against the East Coast team with 107 pitches (73 strikes) and eight strikeouts. He had no decision after striking out 10 batters and receiving a home run on Aug. 14, although the Dodgers rallied to win the game in extras.
Pete Alonso was the only hitter in the New York lineup to outbid Buehler in the game. He hit a slider off plate, with a 55 percent hit chance, and crushed him to center field by 387 feet, according to Statcast:
Alonso was also the last batter Buehler faced, as his grounder scored the Mets’ second run, causing the right-hander to duck on the mound in disgust.
The Mets have worried the 27-year-old in the past, as his 4.24 ERA in three previous outings was his third-highest mark against rival teams in his career. Although Buehler came off the mound to a standing ovation with two on base and two off in the eighth inning, plate umpire Nestor Ceja ejected Buehler from the game after the right-hander had a strong exchange with him as he walked toward him. dugout.
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It was the Dodgers’ fifth win by a run during their eight-game winning streak, which began with a Mets sweep in New York last weekend. But Buehler, now an emerging NL Cy Young contender, was the force behind the victory.