Walker Buehler struck out eight over seven innings, giving up one run, as the Dodgers beat the Padres 6-1 on Sunday. In seven starts he has a 2.20 ERA, 0.90 WHIP and 48/9 K/BB ratio over 41 innings.
“I think I’m making a lot better 0-0 pitches, and getting guys in holes,” Buehler said. “Or if I miss, it’s not what they want to see. I’m throwing more two-seamers early and luckily getting out of some bad mistake pitches with a little movement. When you’re ahead, you’re going to be more efficient.”
The Dodgers don’t claim to have a hard limit on the number of pitches or innings Buehler will throw this year. He is less than two years removed from Tommy John surgery, which is one reason for the cautious approach.
He has thrown 54 innings combined in the majors and minors. At that pace, he would top 160 innings by the end of the regular season.