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Chicago’s Buehrle sets down 45 straight, adds newest feat to resume.

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Pie in his face.No one should be surprised that Chicago’s Mark Buehrle just a set a record for the most batters retired in a row, setting down 45 consecutive en route to breaking teammate Bobby Jenks and old-time Giant Jim Barr’s mark of 41.

It’s what he’s been doing for years, quietly toiling away in that droll, other franchise in Chicago.

For the past nine seasons, Buehrle has started at least 30 games and pitched at least 200 innings. And outside of his rookie campaign and a lackluster 2006, Buehrle’s earned run average has been well-below the league’s mean, only passing 4.00 twice. One member of Baseball Think Factory puts Buehrle’s career into simple terms:

Buehrle quote.

For a decade now, Buehrle’s been an Alpha version of an innings-eater, an uber-effective grinder that will never blow you away with a 100 mile per hour fastball or a slider that moves from the wrists to the ankles, but who, when dealing, is capable of pitching like Cy Young re-incarnate.

In 2007, he pitched a no-hitter against the Rangers. Last week, he threw a perfect game against the Rays. And during his nine full seasons, Buehrle’s finished among the top ten in ERA five times.

But still, that’s not the real story with Buehrle. Durability is his true m.o.

Buehrle’s finished in the top ten in innings pitched seven times, six times in games started, and five times in complete games.

Of those complete games, one-third of them have been shutouts. Over the last ten seasons, Buehrle’s tossed 8 complete games where he surrendered zero earned runs, leaving him in absolutely elite company.

Complete games leaders.

Buehrle’s recent coming out party, if you will, has led to speculation about his chances of making it into the National Baseball Hall of Fame.

And while I think the speculation might be premature, it’s hard to deny the strength of Buehrle’s resume. A 38th round draft pick by the White Sox, Buehrle has accomplished a lot in his young career (he’s just 30-years-old).

He has a World Series ring, which he won, while working as a starter and closer, with the Sox in 2005. He’s been selected to the All Star game four times, one of which he started and won. He’s led the American League in innings pitched twice. Now he’s set the record for most consecutive batters retired in a row at 45.

And with his no-hitter in 2005 and his perfect game in 2009, Buerhle becomes only the sixth player to throw a no-hitter and perfect game. The other five? Randy Johnson, Sandy Koufax, Jim Bunning, Addie Joss, and Cy Young.

They’re all Hall of Famers (or soon to be).

Will he be next? What do you think of his chances?


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    July 29, 2009 at 4:06 pm

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