Dodgers hit seven home runs, sweep Colorado Rockies So maybe it’s best not to jump to any conclusions yet.Sign up for our Inside the Dodgers newsletter. Be the best Dodger fan you can be by getting daily intel on your favorite team. Subscribe here.Buehler’s stuff is impressive. He was pumping in four-seam fastballs at 97, 98, 99 miles an hour early on, including a 99 mph heater that completely froze Brian Anderson for a called third strike in the first. Later, he mixed in more two-seam fastballs, curves and sliders, giving the Marlins a different look the second time through the lineup.His command was less efficient. He walked three, including opposing pitcher Jarlin Garcia, and 55 of his 89 pitches went for strikes.“They weren’t bad misses, but they were consistently just missing the strike zone, just a little bit to the glove side,” Roberts said.Asked which of his pitches were working, Buehler said none of them “were really, really good, but I don’t think any of them were really, really bad. I got (J.T.) Realmuto on a changeup, which I don’t throw that often, so that was a good thing.“I threw a lot of two-seam fastballs because I was yanking the four, so that’s another weapon that’s nice to use.”It’s probably worth noting that in his most recent outing, he faced the Marlins’ Triple-A New Orleans club and gave up a run and three hits in four innings and 80 pitches.(And yes, feel free to insert your own punch line here about the relative difficulty of facing Marlins’ Triple-A and major league hitters. But make sure you include the phrase “tanking.”)One unquestioned asset is Buehler’s confidence. You can tell by the way he carries himself that he feels he belongs, and that confidence probably contributed to his ability to get out of trouble.“He just feels that he can make a pitch when he needs to make a pitch, and he doesn’t scare,” Roberts said.Being here last September helped, even though his eight relief appearances were at best uneven.“When you make that flight here a second time, it’s not calling everyone I’ve ever known and telling ’em I’m coming here,” Buehler said. “I’m headed back. I’ve been there before.”Related Articles How Dodgers pitcher Ross Stripling topped the baseball podcast empire But Monday night was new territory in another sense. Buehler’s 89 pitches were the most he’d thrown as a professional – in other words, the most he’s thrown since undergoing Tommy John surgery, shortly after the Dodgers drafted him 24th overall in 2015.Given the organization’s proclivity for exercising caution with young pitchers, Buehler fully expects to be treated the way he was a year ago, when he started the year in Class-A Rancho Cucamonga and finished it in Los Angeles but only pitched 98 innings.“I was five starts on, one start off for the whole summer,” he said. “So I’m kind of ready for everything that way. I don’t think it’s going to be a whole lot different.”Roberts had estimated in spring training that Buehler might be ticketed for between 140 and 150 innings at all levels, including the postseason. He backed off of that estimate Monday night, saying “the organization has some thoughts on a number” but declined to elaborate.And maybe that’s best. The hype and the buzz are fun and exciting. But patience, in this case, is definitely a [email protected]@Jim_Alexander on Twitter Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Dodgers’ Max Muncy trying to work his way out of slow start Cody Bellinger homer gives Dodgers their first walkoff win of season Fire danger is on Dave Roberts’ mind as Dodgers head to San Francisco Walker Buehler strolled to the Dodger Stadium mound shortly before 7:10 Monday night to face the Miami Marlins. He wore No. 21, the number that used to belong to Zack Greinke – and he also carried with him outsized expectations, as much as the Dodgers tried to tamp them down.The verdict? Not great – Buehler made that observation himself – but by all means not bad: Five shutout innings, 89 pitches, five strikeouts and the ability to work out of a bases-loaded jam in the first without damage, in the Dodgers’ 2-1 victory over Miami.The future? As highly regarded as Buehler is, as the organization’s No. 1 prospect, it’s all but certain that he’ll be spending additional time in Oklahoma City this summer. He might receive an additional start this weekend in San Francisco, when the Dodgers play a Saturday doubleheader to make up a rainout from earlier this month.But Manager Dave Roberts said before the game that Monday’s result would have little bearing on the immediate future, and he stuck to that afterward.“Walker did what we hoped he would,” Roberts said. “Obviously, we’ve got to think about the next decision.” LOS ANGELES — Remember the Dodgers’ last Next Big Thing?Two years ago it was Julio Urias, called up for a spot start in New York in late May amid hype and buzz that were, well, Fernando-like.Urias may still turn out to be as advertised, but it won’t happen for a while. He had to have shoulder surgery last year and hasn’t yet thrown off a mound in his recovery. A July return, as projected, seems optimistic.So now we have the next Next Big Thing.