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Player of the series: Walker Buehler

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One of his best pitched games earns Buehler the honor

MLB: Los Angeles Dodgers at Arizona Diamondbacks Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports

Perhaps you were occupied with the 2019 MLB Draft to realize how good Walker Buehler pitched on Monday night. His performance was right there with the best in his young career.

Buehler struck out 11 and didn’t issue a walk. He also pitched eight innings and gave up just one run. Now, I grant you, that is a number of qualifications. But there were only 22 starts in LA Dodger history that had all of those qualifications.

Clayton Kershaw did this eight times and Sandy Koufax had four such games. They are the only two pitchers to have done it more than once. Buehler joined ten other Dodger pitchers with this unique game.

LA Dodger Pitchers with 11+ SO, No BB, 8+IP

Player Date Opp Rslt AppDec IP H R BB SO GSc
Player Date Opp Rslt AppDec IP H R BB SO GSc
Don Drysdale 1959-09-09 PHI W 1-0 SHO W 9 3 0 0 11 92
Sandy Koufax 1964-07-22 HOU W 1-0 SHO W 9 4 0 0 12 91
Sandy Koufax 1965-05-13 HOU W 3-0 SHO W 9 3 0 0 13 94
Sandy Koufax 1965-08-14 PIT W 1-0 SHO(10) W 10 5 0 0 12 94
Sandy Koufax 1965-09-09 CHC W 1-0 SHO W 9 0 0 0 14 101
Don Sutton 1967-06-27 CIN W 9-0 SHO W 9 2 0 0 11 94
Bill Singer 1967-08-21 ATL W 2-0 SHO W 9 4 0 0 12 91
Bob Welch 1981-06-07 CHC W 7-0 SHO W 9 6 0 0 11 86
Jerry Reuss 1983-06-25 HOU W 2-1 GS-10 10 11 1 0 11 77
Tim Leary 1988-08-21 MON W 4-0 SHO W 9 6 0 0 12 87
Kevin Gross 1992-05-12 MON W 2-0 SHO W 9 3 0 0 13 94
Hideo Nomo 1995-07-30 CIN W 5-4 GS-8 W 8 5 1 0 11 79
Ismael Valdez 1995-08-16 CHC W 6-1 CG W 9 7 1 0 11 82
Hiroki Kuroda 2008-06-06 CHC W 3-0 SHO W 9 4 0 0 11 90
Clayton Kershaw 2013-04-28 MIL W 2-0 GS-8 W 8 4 0 0 12 86
Clayton Kershaw 2014-06-18 COL W 8-0 SHO W 9 0 0 0 15 102
Clayton Kershaw 2014-09-24 SFG W 9-1 GS-8 W 8 7 1 0 11 75
Clayton Kershaw 2015-07-08 PHI W 5-0 SHO W 9 8 0 0 13 84
Clayton Kershaw 2015-07-18 WSN W 4-2 GS-8 W 8 3 0 0 14 90
Clayton Kershaw 2015-07-23 NYM W 3-0 SHO W 9 3 0 0 11 92
Clayton Kershaw 2016-05-01 SDP W 1-0 SHO W 9 3 0 0 14 95
Clayton Kershaw 2016-05-17 LAA W 5-1 GS-8 W 8 4 1 0 11 81
Walker Buehler 2019-06-03 ARI W 3-1 GS-8 W 8 2 1 0 11 85

Since 1908, Roger Clemens leads all pitchers with 11 starts that fits this criteria. Randy Johnson is next with nine and Pedro Martinez and Kershaw each have eight to finish tied for third place.

Buehler has had three different starts where he gave up five runs. Still his FIP is 3.22 which just a shade over his 3.04 FIP that he had in 2018.

Corey Seager also had a good series, he went 5-for-14 with three doubles and a home run. And Hyun-Jin Ryu did what he’s been doing recently with his seven scoreless innings start on Tuesday.

But for this series, Buehler’s dominant performance is the one that was best so for that, he gets this award.