As our look at the 2014 Jays continues, today, we’ll look back at the season of one of the most consistent figures in the game, Mark Buerhle.
Coming off his age 35 season, the remarkable Buerhle hit double figures in wins, made at least 30 starts, and hit 201 innings pitched for the 14th straight season. He’s only the seventh pitcher all-time to hit 200 innings for 14 straight seasons (the other six are all in Cooperstown). He’s never been on the DL. He’s never missed a start for any reason. He’s the active leader in batters faced. He’s shaped from the same mould that Greg Maddux was made from: not overpowering, consistent, location-oriented, a pitcher’s pitcher.
Buerhle’s next win will be the 200th of his career, and he’ll get it as a Blue Jay.
In 2014, number 56 finished the season 13-10 with an ERA of 3.39 and nine no-decisions. The win-loss record is a bit deceiving for Buerhle. On June 1, after his 12th start, Mark was 10-1 with one no-decision. After that, things fell apart for him. Over his next 16 starts, he went a mere 1-8. In August, he didn’t win a single game, and made into the seventh inning only once. Two times he pitched fewer than 5 innings, and in each of his five starts he allowed at least three earned runs. In three of his no-decisions, he [...] Guest, please register or login to access the rest of this content.