That leaves Buehrle 18 innings shy of 200 with three starts remaining in his season. Even though the milestone is within sight and Buehrle's well aware of the numbers, it's something he's trying to put out of his mind for now.
"If you're starting to worry about personal stats and try to get different numbers, that's when things aren't going to happen," Buehrle said after Tuesday night's 9-2 victory over the Cubs. "I've always said, 200 innings, if it happens, it happens. If it doesn't, it's not meant to be this year."
Buehrle took another big step forward with an impressive outing vs. Chicago. Even though he didn't have his best stuff, Buehrle battled and allowed two runs on 10 hits over seven effective innings.
The 35-year-old has projected starts remaining against the Orioles, Yankees and Mariners. He's won at least 10 games and recorded at least 200 innings every season since his rookie campaign in 2000, when he pitched most of the year out of the bullpen.
"I'm going out there trying to go deep into games, and if they have to pull me in the fifth inning because I'm getting tired, or I get into a jam and I don't get to 200 innings and we win the game, that's what matters," Buehrle said. "I think [manager John Gibbons] is more worried than I am about getting to 200. It's awesome that he cares about it, but it has to come to an end sometime."
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