Zylbert: Can Walker Buehler Bounce Back From Shaky Postseason Debut?

Oct 15, 2018 05:32 PM EDT

Brett Davis, USA Today Sports. Pictured: Walker Buehler.

Betting odds: Milwaukee Brewers at Los Angeles Dodgers 

  • Over/Under: 7.5
  • First Pitch: 7:39 p.m. ET
  • Probable Pitchers: Jhoulys Chacin (15-8, 3.50 ERA) vs. Walker Buehler (8-5, 2.62 ERA)
  • Channel: FS1

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Zylbert’s 2018 MLB Over/Under Betting Record

  • Regular Season: 102-73-4, +21.45 units
  • Postseason: 3-7-1, -5.3 units
  • Yesterday’s Result: Astros-Red Sox Under 8.5, Cole vs. Price (loss)

*Each bet graded as if it were to win 1 unit

Buehler had quite the interesting postseason debut a little more than a week ago. For the most part, he looked sharp in his five innings of work, recording seven strikeouts and allowing a mere two hits.

Unfortunately, one of those knocks went for a grand slam off the bat of fellow young sensation Ronald Acuña Jr., which followed an incredibly unlikely chain of events. Buehler had two outs and only a runner on first in that fateful inning when he gave up his first hit of the ballgame. Thanks to an error in center field, the runners ended up on second and third.

As a result, that forced Buehler’s hand in intentionally walking No. 8 hitter (and dead bat) Charlie Culberson to bring up the pitcher. From there, we would bear witness to one of the strangest moments in recent postseason history, as Buehler then walked his counterpart Sean Newcomb — he of a career .042 batting average — on four pitches! Acuña’s grand slam ensued after Buehler fell behind 3-0 in that count, too.

So, that brings us to the question: Is the 24-year-old capable of handling these big spots in his second year in the majors?



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