Sep 30, 2015; Baltimore, MD, USA; Toronto Blue Jays starting pitcher Mark Buehrle (left) has beer poured on his head during the celebration of winning the A.L. East division after game two of a double header in the visiting locker room at Oriole Park at Camden Yards. The Toronto Blue Jays clinched the division after game one of the double header. Mandatory Credit: Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports
Buehrle’s quest for 200 innings:
Mark Buehrle is 36-years-old and has 3,276 Major League innings to his name. Of his 15 career seasons, Buehrle has eclipsed the 200 innings plateau 14 times. With only one scheduled start left, and 191.1 innings pitched on the season for the veteran left-hander, Buehrle is in jeopardy of missing his Mark for the first time in his career.
To reach his goal, Buehrle would have to nearly pitch a complete game Friday, a feat he hasn’t managed since his June 3rd start against the Washington Nationals.
Alternatively, manager John Gibbons could allow Buehrle to pitch a handful of innings during Sunday’s game as the Jays have an open spot with Stroman unlikely to pitch on three days rest.
The knuckling battery:
It wasn’t really a shock considering Martin had caught Stroman in game one; few would expect a 32-year-old catcher with 126 games under his belt this season to get behind the plate for 18 consecutive innings.
But it does raise the question as to who may catch Dickey if it is he who gets the nod in the playoffs over Buehrle for the final spot in the rotation.
Career wise, Dickey has far more experience pitching to Thole, with 862 innings and an impressive 3.58 ERA, whereas Martin has caught Dickey in only 128.1 innings this season. Dickey’s ERA to Martin mirrors that of Thole in a smaller sample size, leading most to believe it’s Martin who will work with the dart-throwing Dickey this postseason.