The NL Cy Young award was announced on Wednesday. Unfortunately, it didn’t go to any of the three deserving Dodgers starters. Julio Urias finished eighth, Walker Buehler fourth, and Max Scherzer third. Milwaukee Brewers starter Corbin Burnes took home the hardware.
Walker Buehler is as competitive as they come. Buehler is also a professional. The 27-year-old took to Twitter to congratulate both Burnes and the AL winner, Blue Jays lefty, and one-time Dodger killer, Robbie Ray.
— Walker Buehler (@buehlersdayoff) November 18, 2021
Entering September, Buehler owned a spectacular 2.05 ERA and a 0.915 WHIP. At the time, he was considered the favorite to take home the Cy Young. He lead the MLB in ERA and was a key piece on one of the best clubs in baseball.
Then, September happened.
One could argue Buehler’s two worst starts came in the final full month of the season.
First, a Sunday Night baseball meltdown against the Giants (6 ER in 3.0 IP). Disastrous primetime starts don’t help any pitcher’s cause with voters who can’t watch every single game of every single contender.
Second, the annual Buehler Coors Field catastrophe (5 ER in 3.2 IP). All in, Buehler recorded a 4.83 ERA in his final six starts of the season.
To be fair, his 207.2 IP far exceeded his previous career high of 182.1. Fatigue played a role, but it’s something that every pitcher has to deal with.
Buehler didn’t win it this year, but it would be a shock to everyone if he isn’t the one receiving Cy Young congratulatory tweets in the years to come.