Mark Buehrle has led the AL in hits allowed three times and finished in
the top five a total of six times, yet he now has two no-hitters to his
credit after his perfect game Thursday against the Rays.
Buehrle joined a group of 23 other pitchers with multiple
no-hitters. The only two to do it since Nolan Ryan retired were Randy
Johnson and Hideo Nomo. He was the 18th pitcher to throw a perfect game
and first since Johnson five years ago. The only other White Sox
pitcher to throw a perfect game was Charlie Robertson on April 30,
Buehrle’s other no-hitter came against the Rangers on Apr. 18, 2007.
Just like in this one, he faced the minimum 27 batters then. He walked
Sammy Sosa in the fifth, only to pick him off first base.
Those two games are the only shutouts he’s had in the last four
seasons. Besides the two no-hitters, he does have a one-hitter to his
credit, that coming against the Rays on Aug. 3, 2001.
Dennis Lin of the San Diego Union Tribune reports that Padres pitcher Carter Capps will undergo surgery this offseason to address thoracic outlet syndrome, which doctors believe caused the right-hander’s blood clots. The Padres hope to have him ready by spring training next year.
Capps, 27, underwent Tommy John surgery last year and didn’t debut this season until August 7. He made 11 relief appearances, yielding nine runs on 12 hits and two walks with seven strikeouts in 12 1/3 innings. He went back on the DL on September 12 due to the blood clot issue.
The Padres acquired Capps from the Marlins last July in the Andrew Cashner trade which ended up having a lot of moving parts. Capps will enter his third and final year of arbitration eligibility this offseason. It’s quite possible the Padres choose to non-tender him.
Diamondbacks manager Torey Lovullo is considering pushing Zack Greinke‘s next start to this weekend in order to line him up to start the National League Wild Card game on normal rest, Nick Piecoro reports. The D-Backs open up their final series of the season, a three-game set, on Friday against the Royals in Kansas City. Greinke is currently on track to start Wednesday against the Giants and the team has an off day on Thursday.
Robbie Ray has been the Diamondbacks’ best pitcher by several measures, including ERA (2.95) and K/9 (12.3), but Greinke has been quite good himself (3.18) and has nine postseason starts under his belt in his career. He’s acclimated to postseason pressure. The D-Backs also signed Greinke to a $206.5 million contract two years ago, which is likely a factor.
The D-Backs are still waiting to find out which opponent will fly to Arizona for the Wild Card game on October 4. Currently, the Rockies hold a two-game lead over the Brewers and lead the Cardinals by 2.5 games.