You would be hard-pressed to find a pitcher having a better year than the Dodgers’ Walker Buehler. The young ace has stepped up when the Los Angeles pitching staff needed it the most, and he’s making the case for his first Cy Young Award.
His latest outing against the Padres down in San Diego was only a taste of what he has done all year. All told, Buehler has tallied 13 wins across 26 starts and pitched to a 2.02 earned run average. You add in his 3.05 FIP and 4.5 fWAR are just nice additions to what he has been able to accomplish.
That success has led to conversations around him and the NL Cy Young award. With Jacob deGrom injured most of the year, the door is wide open for Buehler to take it. The latest updated rankings have the Dodgers ace ranked right at the top.
The case could certainly be made for Wheeler and Burnes. But that’s where the divide starts with the candidates. Buehler has set himself apart by being one of the top in bWAR and having by far the number 1 ERA. That’s what has lead many to believe the Dodgers hurler will take home the prestigious award.
Buehler ranks 3rd in wins, 2nd in WHIP, and 6th in total strikeouts for the year. It could end up being a tight race, but it certainly is his to lose for the moment.