Mark Buehrle In Search Of 200th Win Versus Orioles
Toronto Blue Jays veteran hurler Mark Buehrle will be in search of his 200th career win as he locks horns opposite the Baltimore Orioles this afternoon. The 36-year old continues to defy father-time and the disabled list having climbed the bump for over 200 innings in 14 consecutive seasons. He also earned at least 10 victories in every single of those 14 campaigns.
Buehrle currently sits 4th among active win leaders only trailing Tim Hudson (214), C.C. Sabathia (208) and Bartolo Colon (205) in that category. Teammate R.A. Dickey is 30th on the list with 89 victories under his belt.
The consummate professional is in the last year of his contract with the Jays and one that will see him earn $20 million dollars for the 2015 season. Buehrle has been a wealth of knowledge for the Jays young pitching staff and is affectionately referred to as “Dad” by youngster Marcus Stroman.
— Marcus Stroman (@MStrooo6) March 23, 2015
The former 38th round draft pick by the Chicago White Sox began his MLB in 2000 spending 12 seasons with the pale hose. Buehrle would sign with the Miami Marlins at the end of the 2011 season playing only one year in Florida, before the Blue Jays acquired him and a cast of teammates in a blockbuster trade at the end of the 2012 campaign.
Buehrle has pitched in 4 All-Star games, been awarded 4 Gold Gloves and has a perfect game and no-hitter on his resume to date. The slow-throwing lefty is notorious for keeping hitters off balance and the extremely fast paced game in which he utilizes to his benefit.
Buehrle will look to out-duel Bud Norris and the Orioles compliment of hitters for a chance at win number 200 today at Camden Yards.
One thing is guaranteed, Stroman and the other Jays youngsters will be pulling for their “Dad” to come up with the victory.