CSN New England’s Trenni Kusnierek and I were both on NBC SportsTalk last night, and each of us talked about a little bit of what doomed Bobby Valentine. Trenni correctly notes that Valentine lost control of the team. I think that happened too and was ultimately fatal to him, the gobs of losses the Red Sox piled up were way less to do with Valentine and way more to do with all of the damn injuries:This video is no longer available. Click here to watch more NBC Sports videos!
The Dodgers announced that pitching prospect Walker Buehler will be called up to start on Monday against the Marlins. Rich Hill went on the 10-day disabled list with a cracked fingernail, so Buehler will serve as a fill-in while the lefty is out, likely for just one start.
Buehler, a 23-year-old right-hander, made his major league debut last September, making eight relief appearances. He struggled, yielding eight runs on 11 hits and eight walks with 12 strikeouts in 9 1/3 innings. He was off to a good start to his 2018 season at Triple-A Oklahoma City, owning a 2.08 ERA with 16 strikeouts and four walks in 13 innings.
Monday will be Buehler’s first major league start. He is the Dodgers’ No. 1 prospect and No. 12 overall in baseball according to MLB Pipeline.