Whenever a player drops out of the MLB All-Star Game, regardless of what the reason may be, it means that another player gets to step up and take that opportunity. Four National League pitchers dropped out of next week's event on Saturday and, now, Los Angeles Dodgers RHP Walker Buehler is reaping the rewards.
The 26-year-old — who was an All-Star in 2019 — was announced as a replacement player on Saturday. He'll join Dodgers teammates Justin Turner, Max Muncy and Chris Taylor for next week's festivities.
In a rotation that includes the likes of three-time NL Cy Young winner Clayton Kershaw and Julio Urias, Buehler has been the Dodgers' best pitcher this season. He's started in 17 games so far, pitching to an 8-1 record with a 2.49 ERA. He also owns a 0.923 WHIP and has fanned 107 batters in 108.1 innings pitched.
Buehler and the rest of the Dodgers pitchers have formed the best pitching staff in the entire MLB. Los Angeles leads the league in team ERA (3.15) while being second in both H/9 IP (7.04) and third in SO/9 IP (10.25).
As long as the Dodgers keep that up, they should be well on track to win their second championship in as many years. They're currently FanDuel Sportsbook's favorite to win this year's World Series at +400 odds.
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