Highlights of Walker Buehler’s last World Series start will get Dodgers fans amped
Walker Buehler is the Dodgers ace, and here’s more proof for you.
The Los Angeles Dodgers will do battle against the Tampa Bay Rays on Friday night in Game 3 of the World Series and we have a fun pitching matchup in this one. It’s Walker Buehler vs Charlie Morton in a crucial contest that will swing the momentum.
Both of these guys have been here before, too. Morton, in fact, was the only current Ray with World Series experience prior to Tuesday. But the veteran will have his hands full going up against a stacked Dodgers lineup and keeping up with Buehler.
Let’s take a trip down memory lane, shall we? Remember Game 3 of the 2018 World Series? Buehler literally put the Dodgers on his back.
Seven innings. Two hits. Zero runs. Zero walks. Seven strikeouts. Absolutely electrifying.
If Buehler doesn’t twirl a magnificent performance like this, the Dodgers probably get swept. This Game 3 went 18 full innings with LA taking home a walk-off 3-2 win. Though they eventually lost the Fall Classic in five to the Red Sox, there’s no denying the right-hander’s outing against the league’s best offense at the time.
On Friday, he’ll be facing a significantly worse lineup in Tampa, so everyone should be feeling good about his chances. After all, Buehler has allowed two runs or fewer in each of his last eight postseason outings. His only two poor outings in October were the first two of his young career against the Braves and Brewers back in 2018.
Los Angeles has won six of the last eight games he’s pitched in the postseason, with the most recent being a do-or-die Game 6 against the Braves in the NLCS. Though the stakes on Friday night won’t be that high, Buehler knows the situation. Teams that go on to win Game 3 of the World Series and take a 2-1 lead have a 67.9% probability of hoisting the Commissioner’s Trophy when all is said and done.
We’ll be watching this on loop until 5 p.m. PT. Thanks.