Marlins manager Ozzie Guillen said Saturday that the team hasn't yet decided if Buehrle will start Wednesday's season finale against the Mets, although the team's game notes currently have him listed as the probable pitcher for that game.
"We think about it, we talk about it, [but] we don't know about it," Guillen said when asked if Buehrle will toe the rubber one last time this year. "It depends. I think it depends on where we are and how he feels."
Buehrle threw eight strong innings Friday, but didn't factor into the decision. He's 13-13 with a 3.74 ERA on the year, and he eclipsed 200 innings pitched for the year on Friday for the 12th straight year -- a goal he set for himself during Spring Training.
He is now at 202 1/3 innings on the season, and has issued just 40 walks. According to Elias, Buehrle has pitched at least 200 innings and surrendered no more than 61 walks in each of the last 12 seasons, joining Cy Young as the only other pitcher in Major League history to throw 200 innings and walk fewer than 65 batters in 12 consecutive seasons.
With Buehrle's preseason goal reached and the Marlins well out of postseason contention, the lefty may want to hang it up for the year and instead give the start to someone else. Lefty Wade LeBlanc, who has made eight starts but worked mostly out of the bullpen this season, is a possible candidate if Buehrle doesn't make the start.
LeBlanc, who just missed out on the Marlins rotation during Spring Training, is 1-4 with a 4.68 ERA in his eight starts this year.
Guillen said he needs to consult with pitching coach Randy St. Claire about whether Buehrle will start, but added that the decision is ultimately in Buehrle's hands.
"The decision is Buehrle's," Guillen said. "We'll decide things and be respectful. If he wants to start, that'll be great, but if not? We'll respect his decision. This kid has been pitching well, been very consistent with us over the years. ... We'll see what happens."