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Buehler finishes 3rd in NL Rookie of the Year

November 12, 2018

LOS ANGELES -- Dodgers pitcher Walker Buehler on Monday finished third in voting for the National League Jackie Robinson Rookie of the Year Award behind Atlanta's Ronald Acuna Jr. and Washington's Juan Soto.:: NL Rookie of the Year voting totals ::Buehler went 8-5 with a 2.62 ERA in 24 games

LOS ANGELES -- Dodgers pitcher Walker Buehler on Monday finished third in voting for the National League Jackie Robinson Rookie of the Year Award behind Atlanta's Ronald Acuna Jr. and Washington's Juan Soto.
:: NL Rookie of the Year voting totals ::
Buehler went 8-5 with a 2.62 ERA in 24 games (23 starts) with 151 strikeouts, 37 walks and a .193 opponents batting average. The only Dodgers rookie starters with an ERA that low were Fernando Valenzuela and Hideo Nomo, both of whom won the award. Buehler's finish is the highest for a Los Angeles pitcher since Nomo won in 1995.
Buehler ranked among the best in the Majors as a starting pitcher, ranking fifth in ERA (2.31), third in opponents average (.185), second in opponents OPS (.531), fifth in WHIP (0.92) and third in hits per nine innings (5.94). His WHIP was the lowest for rookie pitchers with at least 20 starts since 1913.
Buehler had a 2.03 ERA in the second half and had the second-lowest opponents batting average in MLB after the All-Star break. His 0.83 WHIP at home was the best in MLB. He allowed two earned runs over his last four regular-season starts, including a one-hit shutout for 6 1/3 innings in the NL West tiebreaker game, which Los Angeles won against the Rockies.

On May 4, he started and pitched six innings of the first combined no-hitter in Dodgers history against San Diego in Monterrey, Mexico.

Although votes must be submitted before the postseason, Buehler started the Dodgers' Game 7 win in the NL Championship Series clincher to advance to the World Series and threw seven scoreless innings in Game 3 of the World Series.
The Dodgers have produced more NL Rookies of the Year (18) than any other club, including the previous two, Corey Seager and Cody Bellinger.

Ken Gurnick covers the Dodgers for MLB.com.