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Player of the series: Walker Buehler

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His brilliant complete game performance set the tone for the weekend

MLB: Colorado Rockies at Los Angeles Dodgers Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports

The Dodgers swept the Rockies this weekend at Dodger Stadium and each game was won on a walk-off home run by a Dodger rookie.

But since we are not going to try and decide which of these three players should win the award, instead I am going with the one player who was excellent for nine innings on Friday.

Walker Buehler pitched a complete game on Friday. He struck out 16 and he did not walk a batter. Using those three items as criteria, this has now happened twenty times since 1968.

The last five times a pitcher had a complete game with 16 or more strikeouts and no walks are as follows:

  • Max Scherzer - 17 strikeouts against the Mets on October 3, 2015
  • Vince Velasquez - 16 strikeouts against the Padres on April 14, 2016
  • Max Scherzer - 20 strikeouts against the Tigers on May 11, 2016
  • Jonathan Gray - 16 strikeouts against the Padres on September 17, 2016
  • Walker Buehler - 16 strikeouts against the Rockies on June 21, 2019

Buehler has pitched very well in June. He has pitched 31 innings and struck out 42 and issued just one walk. In four starts, Buehler is 3-0 with an 0.87 ERA. He should get one more start this month.