Dodgers: Walker Buehler Talks About Being the New Ace
Dodgers fans have watched Clayton Kershaw headline the team’s starting rotation for almost twelve years now. Watching him get a little bit older and slow down has been tough, but its also been encouraging to see him build up the young generation of pitchers. Walker Buehler is one of those guys that Clayton has helped along the way.
As luck would have it, Buehler is also likely the guy that will take over the role of ‘ace’ in the Dodgers’ rotation. Calling a pitcher and ace is sort of a watered-down term nowadays, but Buehler is certainly the number one guy in the rotation. He talked about a conversation he had with Kershaw on the subject of the Opening Day start.
For me, that was more of an honor than anything was being in that conversation…Clayton and I have developed a pretty good relationship. It’s just been cool to play with him. Obviously its tough to have any sort of disappointment when 22 is getting the ball on Opening Day.
Kershaw getting the ball on Opening Day for the Dodgers is more ceremonial than anything, whenever that does happen. He has started eight of the last nine opening days, missing last year with an injury to start the season.
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Buehler is already on track to break several Dodgers’ records, including the fastest player to reach the 1000 strikeout mark. Over his first two full seasons, Buehler is 22-9 with a 2.98 earned run average. He is averaging over ten strikeouts per nine innings in that same time frame as well.
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He’s not the ace right now until he has consistency.last year his era was way over 6.00 for almost 2 months.
Buehler was awesome in last year’s playoffs while everyone else on the team choked. People overlooked the fact that when Buehler had high ERA in those two months was primarily due to Will Smith’s inconsistent play calling. Remember how many times last season Smith had mount visits due to communication breakdown with pitchers.