Nationals @ Dodgers – May 11, 2019: Buehler vs. Scherzer

Buckle up, this is the best pitching match-up so far this year, and might be the best we see all season.

Nationals
Dodgers
7:10 p.m.
Los Angeles
RF
Eaton
LF
Pederson
CF
Robles
1B
Muncy
LF
Soto
3B
Turner
3B
Rendon
RF
Bellinger
1B
Parra
SS
Seager
2B
Dozier
CF
Verdugo
C
Gomes 2B Hernández
SS
Difo
C
Barnes
P
Scherzer (R)
P
Buehler (R)

Walker Buehler is coming off his best start of the year. He allowed three runs, but they all came late in the outing and it was the first start of the year in which it looked like he had a good feel for his curveball. Given that Buehler didn’t have a spring training, a few starts to round into form should be expected, and that form has been found. Now, he needs to build consistency with it.

Max Scherzer, like Buehler, has struggled to start the season. Most of those struggles seem to be captured in a .377 BABIP, as he has a 3.78 ERA and a 1.94 FIP, which would be a career high. In 52-1/3 innings he has struck out 72 batters and walked 9 (1 intentionally). That sounds more like Scherzer than a 3.78 ERA. The Dodgers have their work cut out for them. Those Dodgers do have Corey Seager back today after he got yesterday off.

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I wasn’t supposed to do the Game Thread tonight because I only have five minutes in which to write it, so that’s all the Game Thread you’re getting.

The pitching matchup speaks for itself anyways. Enjoy the game.

About Daniel Brim

Daniel Brim
Daniel Brim grew up in the Los Angeles area but doesn't live there anymore. He still watches the Dodgers and writes about them sometimes.