The Dodgers are still ironing out most of their pitching plans for the best-of-three wild-card series that begins at Dodger Stadium on Wednesday, partly because they might not learn the identity of their opponent until the end of the week. But in the middle of the ESPN broadcast, Eduardo Perez went to the rulebook to essentially accuse Walker Buehler of using an illegal substance on his blister to keep it closed. "His fastball, he had it going," La Stella said. Buehler wasn't properly stretched out when Major League Baseball restarted and had logged only 32⅔ innings heading into his final regular-season start, posting a 3.86 ERA with 36 strikeouts and 10 walks. Those are two very different things. Build your custom FanSided Daily email newsletter with news and analysis on Los Angeles Dodgers and all your favorite sports teams, TV shows, and more. "It's just up to all of us to make sure we just manage it tonight. Powered by Minute Media © 2020 All Rights Reserved.

play. Copyright: © 2020 ESPN Enterprises, Inc. All rights reserved. "Throwing it for strikes, throwing the breaking ball well.". Los Angeles’ win or Buehler’s strong outing isn’t the main story following Game 1, however, it’s the blister on Buehler’s hand. ESPN has no reason to have an anti-Dodgers bias. Most of his recent work had come in controlled environments. The Los Angeles Dodgers activated Walker Buehler, who has been dealing with a blister on his right index finger for about a month, off the injured list Thursday for one final tuneup start before the postseason. Buehler, 26, was placed on the IL because of that blister for the second time in two weeks on Sept. 10, but the right-hander threw a six-inning, 90-pitch simulated game at Dodger Stadium on Saturday, throwing the first 75 pitches with his finger uncovered. Walker Buehler gave the Los Angeles Dodgers a chance to win Game 1 of the NLCS, surrendering only one run in five innings of work while fanning seven and … A's leadoff hitter Tommy La Stella concurred.
ESPN's Eduardo Perez raised red flag about a substance on Walker Buehler's blister https://t.co/LyMXnLwqHJ pic.twitter.com/znTK9Usvdr, — For The Win (@ForTheWin) October 2, 2020. Dodgers’ pitcher Walker Buehler earned the win against the Brewers in Game 1 of their NL Wild Card series on Wednesday giving up just three hits in four innings pitched. After Game 1 on Monday, Dodgers pitcher Walker Buehler was asked an even more unusual question by NBC LA reporter Michael J. Duarte. So, we can understand Dodgers fans’ initial distaste for Perez’s commentary and ESPN’s inclination to focus on an obvious situation in which Buehler had little choice but to use a substance (likely medicine) to keep his blisters at bay, but given how it was easily spotted in plain sight, it would’ve been journalistic malpractice to not even mention it.

There’s no need to have this distract you from the best team in Major League Baseball looking to make a World Series run, especially because it could have a lasting positive effect on future broadcasts. Freeman gets the Braves off to a great start with a 1st-inning HR (0:31) ... Alden Gonzalez ESPN Staff Writer . Recibe noticias, estadísticas, videos, resúmenes y más sobre Los Angeles Dodgers lanzador abridor Walker Buehler en ESPNDeportes. Buehler will start Game 1 of the NLCS against the Atlanta Braves. If this continues to happen, the league will have little choice but to investigate because more and more people will have been made aware of the potential infraction via the national spotlight. That’s it. "Walker feels really good, confident, the finger itself in a good place," Roberts said before the game. Pointing this out and reading the rules is simply journalism. Who is the best starting pitcher in the MLB postseason? Buehler recently sought advice from former Dodgers starter Rich Hill, who has dealt with blisters throughout his career and relayed treatment suggestions, including how to approach the situation mentally. Dodgers' Buehler returns for final tuneup start, Passan: MLB's most wonderful 2020 playoffs moment? Your privacy is safe with us. How many times do we see these pictures or clips surface on social media depicting a pitcher seemingly shadily using a substance on their hand or the brim of their hats, but the broadcast doesn’t bring them up? Buehler pitched relatively well, … Dave Roberts is going with Walker Buehler to lead off the third straight series and Buehler now has a 1.39 ERA over his past six postseason starts going dating to Game 7 of the 2018 NLCS. Information from The Associated Press was used in this report. Your favorite teams, topics, and players all on your favorite mobile devices. It’s odd that ESPN decided to put Walker Buehler in their crosshairs for this situation, but despite the outrage it has elicited from the Los Angeles Dodgers fanbase, everyone should calm down, because this is for the greater good. Walker Buehler, Los Angeles Dodgers (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images). Look at how clear it is that Buehler has something on his hand. A potential Game 3 could see the Dodgers deploy an opener, with the traditional No. The anatomy of a 3-0 comeback, Ranking 35 trades that shaped the Rays, Astros, Dodgers and Braves, Baseball keeps losing legends in 2020, and Joe Morgan might have been the smallest and mightiest of them all, 2021 MLB draft order set by 2020 standings, How the Rays are winning big without spending big money, Breakout stars, dramatic moments and key themes: What we've learned so far this MLB postseason, MLB offseason preview: What's next for teams already out of the playoffs, Auction of Scully's memorabilia tops $2 million, Joined ESPN in 2016 to cover the Los Angeles Rams, Previously covered the Angels for MLB.com. During the Dodgers-Brewers series, ESPN had surprising commentary on Walker Buehler. Buehler and Clayton Kershaw are expected to start the first two games, but the Dodgers have yet to determine the order. "There's some weird parts about having a blister. Enjoy the ride, Dodgers fans, and ignore the noise in between. Walker Buehler's early exits trip up Dodgers' pitching plan for NLCS. We'll never pass along your email address to spammers, scammers, or the like. He went four innings (65 pitches) against the Oakland Athletics in the Dodgers' 5-1 win, allowing only one hit and striking out six while surrendering one walk. He needed only 10 pitches to retire the top of the Braves' order in the fifth, then came out again for the sixth; but he surrendered back-to-back singles that paved the way for Graterol, who picked up three consecutive outs to preserve what was still a 1-1 tie.
"He's a great resource. Buehler, who has been dealing with some nasty blisters, started Game 1 of the Wild Card Series vs the Milwaukee Brewers. Latest on Los Angeles Dodgers starting pitcher Walker Buehler including news, stats, videos, highlights and more on ESPN Walker Buehler, who has been dealing with a blister on his pitching hand, went four innings in the Dodgers' win over the A's on Thursday in his return from the IL.

In short, we likely know Buehler was not cheating because the substance was very visible for the umpires to see and MLB didn’t take action after this was made known in the mainstream media. Dodgers: ESPN Broadcast Comes Dangerously Close to Accusing Walker Buehler of Cheating Speaking of ESPN, Dave Roberts has had it with those terrible in-game interviews. Eduardo Perez didn’t accuse Buehler of anything, but he implied that this could be illegal. Walker Buehler's early exits trip up Dodgers' pitching plan for NLCS, Dodgers' Buehler returns for final tuneup start, Dodgers' Buehler (blister) on IL; Kelly reinstated, Dodgers' Buehler heads to IL because of blister, Dodgers raising funds to fight racial injustice, Kershaw gets 9th Opening Day start for Dodgers, Stroman recruits USA 'Dream Team' for '21 WBC, Buehler thinks four-inning outing 'a step forward', Way-too-early 2020 MLB awards predictions.

Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said pregame that he would be monitoring Buehler "pretty closely" in his return and that the primary objective was to ensure he didn't suffer a setback.