2009 FBS Bust Player: Mark Buehrle

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2009 FBS Bust Player:  Mark Buehrle
Team: Chicago White Sox
Throws: Left

Position: SP

Buerhle is a guy who always gets decent respect in fantasy drafts for two reasons. One, everyone knows who he is. Even if you are relatively new to fantasy baseball, no doubt you've heard of Mark Buehrle. Second, the guy has a rubber arm. He has thrown over 200 innings for the last eight seasons, and has made at least 30 starts in all of those years. However, is durability a reason to put a guy on your roster? Because outside of that, what is he really bringing to your team? His ERA is always in the high threes, and in 2006 it was 4.99. His WHIP is nothing to write home about, as it has been over 1.34 in two of the last three seasons. He doesn't get any strikeouts. His 140 in 218 innings last year was his best in three years, and in 2006 he whiffed a grand total of 98 guys in 204 innings. His record also generally hovers around the .500 mark, meaning he's not all that valuable there either. So, outside of taking the ball every five days (which I admit has some value), how is he helping you? If the guy is making every start, but very few of them are any good, is that a positive? Take a chance on a young, exciting arm late, before settling on an old retread who is just hanging on because of his name.

Prediction: 12-13 record, 3.86 ERA, 1.31 WHIP, 121 Ks, 205 IP

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