As a Marlin, Mark Buehrle says pitching vs. Cubs is just another game
BY TONI GINNETTI firstname.lastname@example.org July 18, 2012 8:20PM
Marlins pitcher Mark Buehrle takes the field for the pre game workout before the Chicago Cubs take on the Miami Marlins Tuesday July 17, 2012 at Wrigley Field in Chicago. | Tom Cruze~Sun-Times
Updated: August 20, 2012 11:58AM
Former White Sox ace Mark Buehrle couldn’t tell you what his record is against the Cubs and at Wrigley Field.
‘‘I just remember when [Carlos Zambrano] took me deep once and giving up seven runs in the first inning,’’ Buehrle said Wednesday.
That would be the game July 2, 2006, when Buehrle lasted five innings and gave up 11 runs in a 15-11 loss, part of a season that ended with a 12-13 record and 4.99 ERA.
It also was his last losing season and the last time he lost to the Cubs at Wrigley.
But Buehrle couldn’t tell you that, either.
‘‘Overall, I feel I’ve pitched decently here, but nothing stands out,’’ he said.
When he takes the mound Thursday against Cubs left-hander Paul Maholm in the finale of the three-game series, he’ll be in a different uniform. But he’ll bring a record of near-perfection since 2007.
The last time he lost to the Cubs was June 22, 2007, but that was at U.S. Cellular Field. Since then, Buehrle (8-8, 3.25 ERA) is 3-0 against the Cubs with a 1.65 ERA in five starts, including his 9-1 victory April 19 at Marlins Park, his first for his new team.
In 14 starts against the Cubs, he’s 6-4 with a 3.88 ERA.
He’s also on a four-game personal winning streak.
‘‘I don’t see any change in him at all, except now he hits,’’ said manager Ozzie Guillen, who has known Buehrle almost his entire career. ‘‘He’ll be out there and do what he does best. He doesn’t change.
‘‘Mark Buehrle could be Mr. White Sox. With all due respect to Frank [Thomas], [Paul Konerko] and [Harold Baines], when you talk about the White Sox organization, Mark Buehrle’s name will come up high.’’
Buehrle has made a smooth transition from the organization that drafted him and for whom he made history with a World Series championship, no-hitter and perfect game.
‘‘It’s just another game,’’ Buehrle said. ‘‘It’s a lot different than if it was a Cubs-Sox game. I’d always hear something because there were probably about half Sox fans here. [Tuesday night] in the eighth inning was weird. I felt I was in a beer-league softball game, it was so quiet.
‘‘I’ve never felt like that. It was an odd feeling because I’ve never heard it like that in this park.’’
Buehrle may hear boos Thursday. He understands.
‘‘I don’t see any reason for them to cheer me because I’ve been on the opposite side all my years,’’ he said with a smile.
Guillen expects there to be some Sox fans who will cheer him.
‘‘They came to Milwaukee to see him pitch, so why not here?’’ Guillen said.