Blue Jays left-hander Mark Buehrle tossed eight shutout innings against the Mariners last night and in doing so surpassed 200 innings on the season for the 14th consecutive year.
And fittingly for the quick-working, soft-tossing southpaw, Wednesday’s game was played in one hour and 59 minutes.
Buehrle joins Christy Mathewson, Warren Spahn, Gaylord Perry, Phil Niekro, Don Sutton, and Greg Maddux as the only pitchers since 1900 to throw 200 innings in at least 14 straight seasons.
He’s started 461 straight games without going on the disabled list and has shown no signs of slowing down at age 35, posting a 3.39 ERA for his lowest mark since 2005.
Buehrle has never relied on velocity or strikeouts to get the job done, so he should be able to keep rolling for a while. He’ll go for No. 15 next season, when he’s under contract for $19 million in the final year of a four-year, $58 million deal. And his first win of 2015 will be the 200th of his career.