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  1. Finally Buehrle gets some credit. Buehrle is a great pitcher and an ace, he doesn’t put up flashy numbers but he puts up good numbers year in and out. Thats all you can ask for from pitchers and Buehrle does it just as about as well as other aces out there. He is far from done and before he is said and done he will have plenty more of good numbers and could possibly be a hall of fame canidate.

    Comment by AJP — May 19, 2009 @ 7:30 pm

  2. It’s nice to see Buehrle get some respect for the very valuable and consistent real-world pitcher he is. In fantasy baseball Buehrle is an innings eater who will kill you in strikeouts.

    Comment by dbuff — May 19, 2009 @ 9:39 pm

  3. Well if your league has K/9 then he won’t help you much there but if it just goes by K’s then he only can help you. Plus he gives you a solid amount of Wins, ERA, and WHIP, so Buehrle isn’t as bad of a fantasy pitcher as people think.

    Comment by AJP — May 19, 2009 @ 9:56 pm

  4. In the future you will add Wandy Wandilicous Rodriguez to this list

    Comment by Joel — May 19, 2009 @ 10:50 pm

  5. I completely agree. Last month I tried to factor in how amazing Buehrle is at controlling the base paths.

    http://rmlumley.com/2009/04/no-one-runs-on-mark-buehrle/

    Comment by rmlumley — May 19, 2009 @ 11:20 pm

  6. I was speaking of a typical roto league which usually has a limitation on innings pitched for the year (e.g. Yahoo’s 1250 IP yearly limit). As an example, in my Yahoo winner’s league this year the K’s per 9 through Sunday were this: 9.81, 9, 9, 8.1, 8.1, 7.92, 7.74, 7.67, 7.47, 7.47 (me), 7.33 and 7.18. 3 1/2 points out of 12 for K’s is problematic if you’re out to win a championship. It certainly can be overcome but it is problematic. BTW the team with Buehrle is the 7.67 but that rotation also includes Santana and Beckett and in fact is carrying Sanders as well as Beckett. Of course Buehrle gives himself a chance to win just about every time out but 7 wins in 52 innings is a bit of a stretch for a pitcher with a career average of one win per 14.84 IP. Also his K’s per 9 have elevated a bit to around 5.8 last year and this which is about a half strikeout per 9 over his career average so that is a bit of relief if he keeps it up. By Yahoo’s calculation (whatever that is based on) Buehrle was the 64th most valuable starting pitcher in ’08 which made him a borderline prospect for a 5 man rotation and he was drafted accordingly (17th round). Of course the good has far outweighed the bad to this point this year and he was ranked 14th of all starters before Tuesday’s strong performance.

    Comment by dbuff — May 20, 2009 @ 2:21 am

  7. Correcting my previous post Buehrle has “only” 6 wins in 52 innings.

    Comment by dbuff — May 20, 2009 @ 2:38 am

  8. In the spirit of “Hawk” Harrelson… I love Mark Buehrle.

    OK, now that I got that out of the way, I’m glad Eric highlighted how remarkably consistent Buehrle has been. As with the comparison to Derek Lowe, I’m not sure he’ll even sure Mark will still be in baseball at 35. There have been some rumblings that he may retire a few years before then.

    Comment by Matt Mitchell — May 20, 2009 @ 9:13 am

  9. Wandy has been posting 4+ win seasons since his early twenties?

    Comment by Davidceisen — May 20, 2009 @ 9:26 am

  10. That was Buehrle himself suggesting that he might retire in the next few years, but it’s nothing he’s decided on. He thinks that at some point he’ll decide family time is more important than continuing to pitch.

    Comment by Newcomer — May 20, 2009 @ 11:46 am

  11. No. but he may from now on.

    Comment by Joel — May 20, 2009 @ 2:09 pm

  12. One of the reason’s for Buehrle’s success is that he has wonderful mechanics, much like another extreme GB pitcher with great control, lots of movement and average velocity, Greg Maddux.

    http://www.chrisoleary.com/projects/Baseball/Pitching/ThePitchingMechanic/2007/ThePitchingMechanic_200707.html#Mark%20Buehrle:%20A%20Quick%20Look

    It is also a big reason he has stayed healthy all these years.

    Comment by Alireza — May 20, 2009 @ 7:45 pm

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