Blog Entry

'I can't believe what I'm seeing'

Posted on: July 28, 2009 10:38 pm
Most of the time, when it’s a record you’ve never heard of, it’s not a very important record.

Who remembered that Jim Barr once retired 42 consecutive batters? Who remembers that Bobby Jenks tied the record two summers ago?

Barr did it over two starts, 37 years ago, without ever throwing a no-hitter. Jenks did it over 14 relief appearances.

Really, it was one of baseball’s more obscure records. Really, it seemed more an oddity than a great accomplishment to be celebrated.

Today, it feels like it matters, because Mark Buehrle made it matter.

Today, Mark Buehrle owns a record that we might remember for a while, because of how he did it. His 45 straight outs included a perfect game last week against the Rays, and also a remarkable 5 2/3 perfect innings tonight against the Twins.

As Twins announcer Dick Bremer said, just seconds before Buehrle walked Alexi Casilla with two out in the sixth, “I can’t believe what I’m seeing.”

I was thinking the exact same thing. If you were watching, I’ll bet you were, too.

“At least in the game with the Rays, they hit some line drives,” Bremer said.

No kidding.

This one was looking too easy. This time Buehrle didn’t need Dewayne Wise, because the Twins weren’t hitting any fly balls, let alone any fly balls headed over the fence.

This time, we were sending updates across the internet after every inning.

First inning, 31 consecutive batters. Second inning, 34. Third inning, 37.

Last Thursday’s game was one of those we’ll remember forever, but for most of us, we really didn’t start paying attention until the sixth or seventh inning.

Tonight, we were watching right from the start.

We couldn’t believe what we were seeing.

And you know what’s funny?

By the time the streak ended, by the time Mark Buehrle finally wasn’t perfect anymore, he had us so convinced that he was supposed to retire every batter he faced.

A walk? Alexi Casilla? You’ve got to be kidding.

And now a hit? It can’t be.

That’s fine. Mark Buehrle has his record.

Not only that, but he turned it into a record well worth having. Next time somebody asks which pitcher holds the record for most consecutive batters retired, we might even get the answer right.

Mark Buehrle.

Of course.


Since: Aug 31, 2006
Posted on: July 29, 2009 1:08 am

'I can't believe what I'm seeing'

Lets not go nuts here.  Buerhle is NOT and has NEVER BEEN an ACE.   He is average to well above average, depending on the year you examine.  He is up and he is down, but never an ACE.  He has never had a bad season either really, though 2006 was candidate for being sent to AAA for a month.  If he is an "ace" its because the team he is on has mediocre pitching.  Not as bad as Lannan being an ace, or Guthrie in Baltimore, but certainly not in the top half of teams ace's.

Look, a perfect game and now this record is amazing.  So few perfect games in history, its something he and his family and friends will never forget, but look at half the pitchers that threw perfect games and then tell me if they were "aces".

I am a Reds fan and Tom Browning threw a perfect game back in 1988 I think.  More amazing than Beurhle's as Browning never got to 3 balls on ANY hitter in that game.  That is sick.  Browning was NOT an ace.  he was the best SP the Reds had and their #1 starter, but that was by default.  The Reds pitching, much like the past 20 years, was well below average and their #1 was no ace, just happened to be the #1 starter is all.  Like Buerhle, Browning would have been more like a #3 or #4 on half the other teams in MLB. 

Before the perfect game, Beurhle was having a good year for him, but not an all-star kind of year and he has only had one all-star like season, 2005.  He won 19 games a few seasons before, but not with great stats. 

His career ERA and whip are solid, but keeping up what he has done wouldn't come close to knocking on Cooperstown's door unless he manages to keep pitching and improving until age 44 or so and that is about .05 % chance of occuring.

He is not an ace, but he is solid most of the time (solid means average to above average, not great, not superstar), and he does now have an impressive record.  Many records are held by obscure pitchers.  How bout the man that got the only back to back no hitters, he was at best a mediocre pitcher, and happened to pitch for my Reds, though I was not alive to see it.  Johnny Vander Meer was nothing special, but he has one of the most impressive records of all time, certainly a step above Buerhle's great feat.  This great record does not and did not make Vander Meer an ace either. 

Since: Jul 18, 2008
Posted on: July 29, 2009 1:01 am

'I can't believe what I'm seeing'

Buehrle has also led a team to a world series not just a perfect game, when none of those pitchers have

Since: Aug 22, 2006
Posted on: July 29, 2009 12:30 am

'I can't believe what I'm seeing'

yeah, beacause a perfect gave is something you get 'cause you're feeling a little lucky that day...


Since: Sep 13, 2006
Posted on: July 29, 2009 12:15 am

'I can't believe what I'm seeing'

And none of those pitchers that you listed have done what Mark Buehrle did. Justin Verlander's the only one in your list that's even thrown a no-hitter. Shows what you know. Buehrle's an ace, and this is coming from a Twins fan. I'd take him in an instant.

Since: Dec 11, 2006
Posted on: July 28, 2009 11:50 pm

'I can't believe what I'm seeing'

17 is nice, but at the end of the day a loss is a loss is a loss. Mark Buehlre is a solid number two, and great number three but he still isn't an ace IMO. Santana, Lincecum, Halladay, King Felix, Verlander, Sabathia, Haren. These are examples of aces. To me, Buehlre is still a notch below.

Since: Jun 29, 2009
Posted on: July 28, 2009 11:41 pm

'I can't believe what I'm seeing'

What I couldn't believe I was seeing was the AWAY crowd giving Mark TWO that's right TWO standing ovations!! That just tells you what kind of fans are up there in Minnesota! Record as it may be, the twins just won a big game in the AL Central to tie the Sox for second and to come within 2 games of First Place. GO TWINS!! KEEP IT ROLLING!!

Since: Mar 22, 2007
Posted on: July 28, 2009 11:36 pm

'I can't believe what I'm seeing'

Nice record but mark it as an L - GO TWINS!

The views expressed in this blog are solely those of the author and do not reflect the views of CBS Sports or