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Mark Buehrle the first in 2014 to reach double-digit wins

Jun 1, 2014, 9:20 PM EDT

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Mark Buehrle‘s magical season continued on Sunday as the 35-year-old lefty fired eight shutout innings against the Royals, limiting them to six hits and a walk while striking out three. The outing bumped up Buehrle’s record to 10-1, making him the first pitcher in baseball to reach the ten-win plateau this season. He also owns a 2.10 ERA, a 1.19 WHIP, and a 46/20 K/BB ratio in 81 1/3 innings.

Buehrle has been at least one of the three best pitchers in the American League thus far, with Masahiro Tanaka (8-1, 2.06) and Yu Darvish (5-2, 2.08) representing his stiffest competition.

If the season were to end today, Buehrle would be the first starting pitcher to reach double digit wins with an adjusted ERA (also known as ERA+) of 150 or better while striking out 15 percent or fewer of batters faced since Greg Maddux and Derek Lowe in 2002, according to Baseball Reference.

Meanwhile, the Blue Jays improve to 34-24, their best start since going 35-23 in 1993, according to ESPN Stats & Info. They are enjoying a 3.5-game first place lead over the Yankees in the AL East.

  1. ereed1286 - Jun 1, 2014 at 9:27 PM

    Fantasy People – When does the spiral start? I want to sell high and I’m not sure how long he can keep this going.

    • Reflex - Jun 2, 2014 at 12:15 AM

      It really depends. If its a single season league, why not just ride him? If its a dynasty league, he’s 35 and this may be his last great season so you get what you can for him.

  2. dave91680 - Jun 1, 2014 at 9:37 PM

    No I hope the team wins the division. It’s their turn in a way. My 1st baseball team I played on was the Blue Jays. Besides loving then team colors, I began to like Tony Fernandez and George Bell, and McGriff. It seemed every year while I was growing up it was either Oakland vs the Jays or Redsox for the American League pennant.

    On top of that was the Skydome itself. I mean heck Warrior and Hogan squared off in that building.

    Enjoying seeing the crowds here lately getting larger at the Rodgers Center. Go Jays!!!

    • jwbiii - Jun 1, 2014 at 10:33 PM

      Heh. So Skydome has hosted Aida (with elephants for the Triumphal March) and a Hogan/Warrior. The Hammond Civic Center can’t say that!

    • proudlycanadian - Jun 2, 2014 at 6:22 AM

      The first game was played in the Dome on June 5, 25 years ago. Jimmy Key threw a curve to Paul Molitor for a strike. The fix was in on that pitch. Molitor had agreed not to swing and the ump had agreed to call it a strike and then take the ball out of play. Key was supposed to throw a fast ball but refused saying that there was no way that he would throw Molitor a first pitch fast ball, so he threw the curve. The ball was sent to the Hall of fame. The Jays lost that game.

      The first home run at the Dome was hit by Fred McGriff,; however, McGriff is prouder of being the first person to steal a base at the Dome. McGriff hit a lot of home runs in his career, but did not steal a lot of bases.

  3. thekingdave - Jun 1, 2014 at 10:01 PM


    It’s kind of an unwritten rule in here to refrain from discussing fantasy baseball

    • Reflex - Jun 2, 2014 at 12:13 AM

      Its dumb and idiotic that some of you people believe that. A large number of us have fantasy teams. Its the second most popular fantasy sport after football. I don’t care if you don’t like it. I don’t mention my team often, but when I do its unapologetically towards ‘unwritten rules of the forum’ guys like you.

      • thekingdave - Jun 2, 2014 at 10:13 AM

        Haha I was just being a smart@ss and mocking the the awesome regulars around here that know more about baseball than everyone else. In fact, the comment I made was pulled verbatim from another thread a couple of weeks ago in which someone asked about fantasy baseball.

      • Reflex - Jun 2, 2014 at 1:50 PM

        Fair enough, I just see it often enough and it irritates me. Fantasy Baseball is for the diehard fans, and a huge number of the regulars here play, making it seem ridiculous to me that if a fantasy question is asked everyone comes down on them.

        Ask away. Who cares. Its just more baseball discussion, and that’s what I come here for.

  4. jimbroney - Jun 1, 2014 at 10:17 PM

    Chris sale?? 5-0 with a 1.59era

  5. missthemexpos - Jun 1, 2014 at 10:30 PM

    Blue Jays best start since 93, …. and how did that season turn out?

  6. musketmaniac - Jun 1, 2014 at 10:31 PM

    I don’t get why today’s top young athletes would chose football. This guy having a career year at 35. how many football players at that age are still playing.

    • campcouch - Jun 1, 2014 at 10:51 PM

      No idea. Longer career,more money and aside from a stiff shoulder,a better post-career life. Besides hockey, baseball does take more skill and despite standing or sitting around most of the time,requires quite a bit more thought than football or basketball where pure athleticism and anticipation can get you by, so those guys may find that aspect appealing.

    • renaado - Jun 1, 2014 at 10:59 PM

      Baseball is about longevity, Dunno about the sport NFL… Seems more like rugby only with armor.

  7. musketmaniac - Jun 2, 2014 at 12:16 AM

    The top athletes could play any sport. although they need to make that decision around 15 not 18.

    • nothanksimdriving123 - Jun 2, 2014 at 12:39 AM

      One requires learning to skate long before you hit 15. More like at 5 if you want to have a chance to excel.

  8. proudlycanadian - Jun 2, 2014 at 6:34 AM

    Buehrle is fooling batters with that 83 MPH heater and is changing speeds (his curve is much slower). Nobody in baseball consistently throws as slow as he does. He is also benefiting from some excellent infield play behind him. He is pitching to contact as he always does and the fielders are having fun catching the ball and throwing runners out.

    • nbjays - Jun 2, 2014 at 9:18 AM

      Buehrle’s motto: Pitch slow and work fast.

      • cur'68 - Jun 2, 2014 at 9:56 AM

        …field your position, and let the defence do the rest. Then, retire in the dugout for some seal blubber jerky and poutine while the bullpen (hopefully) brings it on home.

      • Shayna - Jun 2, 2014 at 10:30 AM

        No fooling, NBJays. After yesterday’s game came in under the 2:30 mark, the Sportsnet team were joking that they had planned on a feature to fill the extra half-hour of leftover and officially unscheduled Buehrle time.

        But Buehrle’s pitching is like Rivera’s cutter. It should surprise no one and yet it seems to be unhittable. Makes me think that perhaps Buehrle has harnessed Old Gator’s Strange Attractor to redirect his pitches in midflight. You’re licking your chops over a nice juicy 85MPH fastball when–thwang!–it suddenly veers three inches left just as you launch your swing. It’s either that or necromancy.

  9. musketmaniac - Jun 2, 2014 at 6:09 PM

    Apologies, I do not consider hockey an american sport.

  10. largebill - Jun 2, 2014 at 7:44 PM

    Obviously, he isn’t a viable candidate yet, but is Buehrle starting to get to point he may get consideration? He has two no hitters (one was perfect game), he will finish this season around 200 wins, add a Cy Young award if he keeps going like he has so far.

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