Apr 10, 2015; Baltimore, MD, USA; Toronto Blue Jays starting pitcher (56) pitches during the first inning against the Baltimore Orioles at Oriole Park at Camden Yards. Mandatory Credit: Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports
Former Chicago White Sox starting pitcher and World Series champion Mark Buehrle earned his 200th career win Friday as a member of the Toronto Blue Jays.
The Blue Jays defeated the Baltimore Orioles, 12-5 at Camden Yards in Baltimore.
In his 200th career win, Buehrle went six strong innings, where he allowed two earned runs on eight hits and two walks. The lefty struck out one and gave up one home run to Adam Jones in the first inning on an 0-2 count.
During his 12-year career with the White Sox, Buehrle, a former ace of the pitching staff, was 161-119 (.575 winning percentage) with a 3.83 ERA.
Buehrle made 365 starts in his White Sox career (pitched 390 total games) with eight shutouts in what amounted to 2,476.2 innings pitched. In his time with the White Sox, his WHIP stood at 1.282.
As a White Sox pitcher, Buehrle was one of the most exciting players on the team, and to this day, I still believe he’d be a good starting pitcher in the back of the rotation for Chicago.
Two of the more exciting moments by Buehrle as a White Sox were his no-hitter against the Texas Rangers and his perfect game vs. the Tampa Bay Rays. He was also a huge part of the 2005 World Series championship team.
From the time Buehrle became a starter with the White Sox in 2001, he never pitched under 200 innings per season, and even with the Miami Marlins (one season) and his first two years with the Blue Jays, Buehrle still has continued that pace of innings pitched per season.
I’ll always believe it was a mistake by the White Sox front office to let Buehrle leave before his time as a MLB pitcher was up. Since leaving the White Sox, he has collected a record of 39-33 with the Marlins and Blue Jays.
Congratulations to Buehrle, and I believe this to be the truth with all White Sox fans believing this as well: he’ll always be a part of the White Sox family, and I wish he was still on the South Side.