NLCS: Buehler Baffles Brewers; Dodgers Return to World Series
Surprisingly, the Los Angeles Dodgers have only claimed four more titles than the Cubbies.
It only seems like it must've been more because they're pretty good at getting there, but that's usually where each story ends.
Dude had proven himself ready for it, too.
Walker Buehler got a taste of big-time pressure when he pitched for the Vanderbilt Commodores. A first-round draft choice by the Dodgers, he went on hiatus for the TJS thing and then quickly moved up the ranks.
By season's end, manager Dave Roberts trusted him enough to give him the ball for Game 163.
So, when the NLCS Game 7 rolled around -- a series where no one's surprised at anything anymore -- who else would take the hill?
Buehler took care of his end of the deal, and his buds with bats supported him by paying attention to detail:
- Like Manny Machado laying down a sudden bunt to keep the second inning going, which brought Cody Bellinger to the plate, which resulted in a two-run homer; and
- Like Bellinger leaving vapor trails to avoid being doubled up, which extended the sixth, which enabled Yasiel Puig a plate appearance that produced a three-run jack.
Hey, when you know it, you know it.
So there it is, an upcoming battle of the big brands.
It'll be the bashin' Boston Red Sox against these move-a-minute Dodgers, who'll use every trick and tool in the book to make the 20th time a charm.