Results tagged ‘ Mark Buehrle ’

4/18 Buehrle vs. Cubs

On this date in baseball history in 2007, Mark Buehrle faced the minimum 27 batters in a 6-0 no-hit victory over the Rangers. The lefty, who was then pitching for the White Sox, did walk Sammy Sosa with one out in the fifth but picked him off first base. On Wednesday in Miami, Buehrle will face the Cubs at Marlins Park. Now with the Marlins, the lefty has made 13 starts against the Cubs in Interleague play and compiled a 5-4 record and 4.15 ERA. That includes a complete game victory on May 19, 2006, when he threw a complete game two-hitter.

— Carrie Muskat


11/16 Cubs look for pitching help – UPDATE

The Cubs may be one of several teams to talk to Bob Garber, agent for free agent pitcher C.J. Wilson.’s Jon Heyman says Wilson is seeking a six-year, $120 million deal, which could price him out of the Cubs’ market. Garber was to meet with at least 10 teams at the GM Meetings, including the Marlins, Yankees, Royals, Angels, Nationals, Rockies, and Rangers. When asked if he had talked to Theo Epstein, Garber smiled.

“I’m not going to comment on that at this point,” Garber said. “You can ask Theo that.”

 Could Mark Buehrle switch to the north side of Chicago? According to FOX Sports, the Cubs have had multiple discussions with  Buehrle’s agent, Jeff Berry. The other teams interested in the left-hander include the White Sox, Marlins, Blue Jays, Royals, Angels, Nationals and Diamondbacks.Buehrle is 24-6 in 40 games (39 starts) his career against National League teams with a 3.32 ERA. And, against the NL Central, he’s 13-4 with a 3.28 ERA. Last season, he won 13 games for the fourth straight year, going 13-9 with a 3.59 ERA.

The Cubs do need pitching — a lack of depth was a problem last year. Heyman also reported the Cubs and Royals are talking to Scott Boras about pitcher Bruce Chen. The 34-year-old left-hander was 12-8 with a 3.77 ERA last season with the Royals, and has pitched for the Braves, Phillies, Mets, Expos, Reds, Astros, Red Sox, Orioles and Rangers besides the Royals.

— Carrie Muskat

3/9 Looking ahead to Cubs-Sox tilt

The Cubs and White Sox face off for the first time on Friday in Glendale. Lefty Mark Buehrle is slated to start for the White Sox vs. Ryan Dempster. Here’s the early lineup if you’re planning ahead:

2B Baker
SS Castro
CF Byrd
C Soto
RF Colvin
LF Soriano
1B Pena
DH Luis Montanez
3B Marquez Smith

— Carrie Muskat

7/24 Did you notice …

… that umpire Eric Cooper, who was behing home plate for Mark Buerhle’s perfect game on Thursday at U.S. Cellular Field, was at third base for Friday’s Cubs game? Randy Wells won’t duplicate Buehrle’s feat — he gave up two singles in the first.

— Carrie Muskat

7/24 Perfection

Lou Piniella watched some of Mark Buehrle’s perfect game on Thursday. It was a fun game to watch.

“He was changing speeds and pitching to the corners and making great pitches the whole game,” Piniella said. “Tampa Bay’s a pretty good hitting ballclub — it’s not like he got that no-hitter against a team that doesn’t swing the bats. What a great feat.”

Piniella has been involved in a few no-hitters, but on the wrong side.

“You’ve got to be lucky, you really do,” Piniella said. “He did get six strikeouts, but that means basically that there were seven innings where the ball was put in play. Tampa Bay is a good hitting baseball team. Give Buehrle credit.”

Ron Santo was on the wrong end of a perfect game on Sept. 9, 1965, when Sandy Koufax shut down the Cubs in a 1-0 win.

“The difference in yesterday’s game versus that one [in ’65] was that Sandy Koufax, every time he went out there, he [seemed to] pitch a perfect game,” Santo said. “The one thing Buehrle has proven is you don’t have to have the best stuff in the world to have a no-hitter or a perfect game. He’s a great competitor. Every time he goes to the mound, you can see he feels he’s going to win.”

— Carrie Muskat

Good cause


White Sox pitcher Mark Buehrle and Cubs first baseman Derrek Lee introduced their wines on Tuesday. Fans can chose from a “Buehrlot Merlot” or a “CaberLee Cabernet.” All proceeds benefit the charity of their choice — and Lee’s will go to Project 3000. The wine is available wherever wine is sold in the Chicago area, such as Binny’s and Sam’s, for about $14.

(Photo credit to Michelle Wotkun)

— Carrie Muskat