CHICAGO -- With his contract set to expire at the end of the season, Mark Buehrle is in the midst of one of the better runs of his illustrious 12-year career, all of which has been spent with the White Sox.
But the left-hander's streak of limiting opponents to three or fewer runs in 16 straight starts hasn't played its way into Buehrle's thoughts regarding his future after this season.
"It doesn't matter if I'm pitching good or bad, it's not going to change the way I feel about next year, whether it's playing or retiring, coming back here or going somewhere else," Buehrle said. "So it hasn't changed my mind just because I'm throwing the ball well."
At 32 years old, Buehrle has posted a 3.21 ERA this season to go along with his 8-5 record. His current ERA is more than a run lower than his 4.28 mark last season, and is within striking distance of his career-best 3.12 ERA, which came in 2005 when he helped lead the White Sox to a World Series victory.
"To be honest with you, I don't think about that," Buehrle said regarding his recent streak. "I go out there trying to win. Like I've always said, it doesn't matter if it's the last game of the season and we're 20 games out, I go out there and try to win the game. I hate losing, and I don't like to get hit around, so that's why I've always said I just go out there and try to win every game and get every guy out."