Win No. 149 came relatively easily for Mark Buehrle. He passed that in his first start of the season against Cleveland. Despite giving up four runs over eight innings in that game, the White Sox 15-10 blowout managed to secure the W for the Sox hurler. It hasn't been quite that easy for No. 150. Buehrle has made four starts since victory No. 149, and all have ended in no decisions or losses. Heading into his start against the Yankees on Wednesday evening, he'll be coming off of back-to-back losses, and hoping that the fifth try for the career benchmark will be the charm.
Buehrle is currently 1-2 on the year with a 5.40 ERA and 1.39 WHIP. In his most recent start, against Detroit, he gave up six runs in just 5.2 innings pitched. In only one start this year, against Oakland on April 11th, has he given up fewer than four runs. His history against the Yankees has been a troubled one. In his career against New York, Buehrle is 1-7 with a 6.68 ERA and 1.75 WHIP. The infield trio of Mark Teixeira, Robinson Cano, and Derek Jeter all hit Buehrle well, with lifetime averages of .341, .455, and .371 against him respectively.
Going for the Yankees will be former White Sox pitcher Bartolo Colon. Colon is off to an okay start on the 2011 season, going 1-1 with a 3.50 ERA and 1.17 WHIP. In his career against the White Sox, he is 9-6 with a 4.15 ERA and 1.35 WHIP. Paul Konerko hits Colon pretty well, holding a .293 average against him with five doubles and two home runs.
The weather in New York is forecast to be mostly cloudy, with a low in the low-60's and isolated thunderstorms. First pitch is at 6:05 P.M., CDT, and the game will be televised on WCIU and YES.