Buehler also kept an absurdly consistent velocity throughout his performance. His first pitch to Mookie Betts at the top of the first was clocked at 97 mph, and his final pitch of the night to strike out Hank Aaron Award winner J.D. Martinez hit 98—a feat that Sandy Koufax was quite impressed by.

It would have been nice for Buehler to walk away from this with the win, but that honor had to be given to Alex Wood because closer Kenley Jansen gave up a game-tying homer to Bradley Jr., and the game was stretched to a grueling 18 innings. However foundation for this victory doesn’t get set without Buehler’s early performance.


The 24-year-old has now repeatedly shown that he’s capable of performing in big games. He started in the Dodgers’s tiebreaker against the Rockies, and Game 7 of the NLCS. He can now add this historic World Series outing to his resume, but there’s still room for his legend to grow. If the Dodgers can get over their offensive slumps, and defensive mistakes, and ride the momentum of this win to stretch this series out to a Game 7, Buehler will be back on the mound. The narrative of the rookie phenom turning into a clubhouse legend has almost written itself. Not bad for someone who started the year in Triple-A.