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Wednesday, February 20, 2019

Dodgers manager shares great Walker Buehler story after dominant outing

Walker Buehler was the star of the Los Angeles Dodgers’ victory over the St. Louis Cardinals on Friday night, but his legend apparently goes well beyond the pitcher’s mound.

The rookie right-hander fired eight shutout innings against St. Louis, retiring the first 13 batters he faced and allowing just four total baserunners en route to a 3-0 win for the Dodgers. It was a crucial one too, as it pulled the reigning National League champions into a tie for the second NL Wild Card spot, coincidentally with these very same Cardinals.

After Buehler’s dominant outing, Dodgers manager Dave Roberts shared a great tidbit about the 24-year-old. Roberts revealed that Buehler, in addition to his pitching exploits, can deadlift over 500 pounds, per Andy McCullough of the Los Angeles Times.

Buehler is now 7-5 with a 2.88 ERA and 131 strikeouts in 20 starts this season, placing him squarely in the NL Rookie of the Year conversation. We can only wonder though who would come out on top in the weight room between Buehler and this other 24-year-old athlete.

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