Buehrle not affected by new catchers

Buehrle not affected by new catchers

Buehrle not affected by new catchers
CHICAGO -- When Mark Buehrle is on the mound, he likes to get the catcher's sign and throw the ball without much fuss. Rarely will the veteran southpaw shake off the pitch call from his backstop.

Of course, with A.J. Pierzynski and Ramon Castro being very familiar with Buehrle's body of work, it's easy to trust in their game plan. But Buehrle actually sees a positive in Tyler Flowers and Donny Lucy getting to catch him, with both Pierzynski and Castro on the disabled list.

"To be honest, I think it's good," Buehrle said. "You get into a pattern with A.J. catching or whether it be Castro. I always think it's good to have a different catcher catch you.

"I know when Castro was here, he called more curveballs than what A.J. does. Sometimes A.J. gets in a pattern calling certain stuff. Obviously, when it's working, you keep going with it. But I honestly think it's good to have a different catcher back there every once in a while, just to call a different game."

Buehrle is the same pitcher who threw a perfect game the first time he threw to Castro, so he's fairly low maintenance. But he pointed to Gavin Floyd's nine-strikeout effort against Cleveland with Flowers catching this past Tuesday as a good example of mixing things up.

"Gavin struck out tons of guys on fastballs with two strikes," Buehrle said. "They were sitting curveball, thinking that's what he did a lot early in the season. So that's why I think it's good."