Mark Buehrle is Perfect

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By Soxman

No hits, no walks, no runs- and I’m not talking about the White Sox offense earlier this year either.  Without a doubt, the most underrated pitcher in major league baseball, Mark Buehrle just pitched the first perfect game in the major leagues in five years.

One word to describe number 56: PERFECT.  One much more important word to describe what this means for the southsiders:  MOMENTUM.

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Yes there sure are some things money can’t buy and this is it.  The rarest of all baseball feats, the most special of special moments, from a guy who outside of Chicago, does not get a lot of fanfare, whose childlike love of the game just makes you feel good inside.  Mark Buehrle does not have an overpowering fastball, or even an insane contract behind him.  Yet he ranks among the game’s best, and has always done it like a true gamer…never making it about him.

So perhaps it is fitting that he needed a spectacular play from a most unlikely fellow teammate to get the job done.

Those who argued Brian Anderson should still be in the major leagues were instantly silenced as DeWayne Wise validated his existence for the entire 2009 season, robbing Gabe Kapler of a homerun, and becoming the hero of the day’s super hero.

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Even more fitting on the credit Buehrle gives to others: Josh Fields, who many argued also has no place on the Sox active roster, belted a grand slam to put the Sox ahead in the second inning.  Fields had entered the game hitless in his last 12 at bats, posting a .221 average on the season.

“I don’t know if it’s really sunk in yet. We have a short flight to Detroit. I’m sure it will be a little hectic later,” Buehrle said after the game.

Buehrle pitched his second no-hitter. In a 6-0 win over Texas on April 18, 2007, he also faced the minimum 27 batters.

Superman needed 116 pitches (76 were strikes) to mow down 27 straight Rays hitters. He posted six Ks in hurling his second no hitter, becoming just the 24th player in Major League history with multiple no-nos.

It was the 18th perfect game in major league history and the first since Arizona’s Randy Johnson, another lefty, against Atlanta on May 18, 2004.

Those who think that Buehrle does not deserve the label of being one of baseballs best should think again.

On December 18, 2008, C.C. Sabathia, praised by most sports writers as the best left handed pitcher in the game, signed a seven-year, $161 million contract with the New York Yankees. It is the largest contract for a pitcher in MLB history.

C.C. Sabathia’s career numbers?  126-79, 3.65 ERA, and a 1.24 WHIP in 1656 inning pitched.  No hitters?  ZERO.  Perfect Games?  Zero.  World Championships?  Zero.

Mark Buehrle’s career numbers?  132-90, 3.76 ERA and a 1.26 WHIP, in 1974 innings pitched.  No hitters? Two.  Perfect Games? One.  World Championships? One.

Any questions?

What does this mean to the Sox  2009 season?  Well, there’s a freight train coming Detroit Tigers, so you might want to step off the tracks.  We are now in first place!


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  1. paulmbanks says

    After I interviewed him before opening day, I compared him to White Sox legend Billy Pierce, another lefty with similar career numbers. Pierce had a perfect game going in ’58 until Fitzgerald of the Washington Senators doubled off him withn two out in the 9th. NOw Burles has 2 things up on Pierce a perfecto and a ring!

  2. paulmbanks says

    I love the CC comparison. damn right Buerhle is underrated! I also liek the the smack going on at the end- HJB I know you’re going to have somethng to say about that.

  3. Paul Schmidt says

    Sure, Buerhle is underrated, but the CC comparison doesn’t hold a ton of water….He’s younger, has pitched two less seasons in the majors, and has almost 350 more strikeouts.

    And yes, strikeouts are important.

  4. seeing a no-no or perfect game in person is on my Bucket List…

  5. jmccormick says

    Thank god he’s on my fantasy team :-D. I do agree with Schmidt though. He’s underrated, but give it a couple more years before comparing cc and buerhle outright. plus cc shouldve had a no hitter last year, but I think I might be a bit bias.

  6. Fellow sports writers.

    Isn’t debate what makes baseball great? I was not comparing Mark Buehrle to CC Sabathia for the purposes of trying to lay claim who is the more dominant pitcher or who even is the better pitcher. The point was to raise thought provoking topics in saying that Mark Buehrle is getting paid about a third of what CC Sabathia is being paid and besides strikeouts, which I never said were not important the number are actually very comparable.

    Age is irrelevant, major league service time is. “Mr. Perfect” had ONE more year of major league experience than CC Sabathia and in Buehrle’s first year in the majors, he broke in as a reliever, only starting THREE games. Sabathia has been a starter is entire career.

    So for the sake of argument of “age” meaning experience, if you take Buehrle’s first year, and all the stats associated with it away, Buehrle has still pitched 129 more innings than Sabathia AND has two more wins.

    CC is a power pitcher while Buehrle is more of a finesse guy so I’m not debating the strikeouts. As a “call out” to Pete Anderson, I’m also not debating who I would draft first in fantasy baseball. But when you think of one of the better pitchers in the last nine years, Buehrle’s name never even comes up.

    It’s time to start questioning why?

  7. AWESOME!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! MY MAN DID….THERES NO WORD TO DESCRIBE IT. I think every1 is still shocked including me…..Beautifully written Soxy………Mark is VERY underrated….Look at C.C. personally I dont think he can handle the NY pressure…ahh my boy Johan, not to knock him or anything but hes scuffling this year for the Mets. I feel bad for Josh Fields…he was the Offensive hero with that mean Slam…I went crazy. and D-Wise…oh my Lord…………Thats all I can say…WOW!!!!!!!!! GAME OF THE CENTURY!!!!!!! CONGRATS TO THE WHOLE CHICAGO WHITE SOX TEAM!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! TOP THAT CUBS!!!!!!!!!!!! Soxman as always you do it again ;)

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