Buehrle has logged 166 2/3 innings entering Sunday's start against the Mets, and with only a handful of potential starts remaining, there's a chance he may not reach the 200 mark.
"At the very beginning, 200 innings is kind of a goal for any starting pitcher, so that's the thing you can control, and when you do that, you give yourself a chance," Buehrle said. "You know you're not pitching that bad, you know you're not getting yanked early. You know you're going to get 200 innings and have a chance to win a lot of games because you're going to go deep in a game."
Buehrle enters Sunday riding a three-game winning streak, and he reached six innings in all but one of five August starts. But the left-hander has failed to pitch more than five innings six times already this season.
"You can't control wins, you control ERA, but that's the one thing for me -- if you're going deep into games and giving yourself a chance to win and you know you're healthy, you're going to be out there every start," Buehrle said. "It is a goal I have put on myself to try and get every year. But [at the] same time, you switch over to the National League where you have to hit now, so there are going to be chances where you might be coming out of a game, where in the American League you don't really have that."
Mets starter Chris Young has logged roughly half the amount of innings Buehrle has (85 1/3), but New York was likely more concerned about his health than innings count in his first season back from major shoulder surgery.
Young got roughed up by the Phillies on Tuesday, allowing five runs -- courtesy of two home runs -- over 4 1/3 innings.
Marlins: Solano settles in at second
Donovan Solano didn't earn a spot on the Opening Day roster despite leading the team in batting average in Spring Training. Four months later, he's become a staple at second base.
Solano had a career-high 12-game hit streak snapped on Friday night against R.A. Dickey, raising his batting average from .250 on Aug. 17 to as high as .299 on Wednesday. During the hit streak, Solano went 19-for-44 (.432), at one point reaching base safely in nine consecutive plate appearances from Aug. 20-22, one shy of a club record.
"I learned consistency and just playing the game and having fun," Solano said. "I'm just looking for a good pitch -- the fastball -- so I can have control for that pitch. It's just a reaction for a pitch in the middle. I don't think too much when I go to at-bats."
Mets: Davis heats up with summer
Two months into the season, Mets manager Terry Collins didn't know what to do with Ike Davis.
The first baseman was mired in a career-worst slump, but Collins was hesitant to send him to Triple-A despite the lack of production.
Turns out the decision worked out pretty well.
Davis hit just .170 with a .220 on-base percentage through the first two months of the season, but has hit .257 with 20 home runs and 53 RBIs since the start of June.
"He's certainly responded to the patience the organization had with him after the start," Collins said. "We all knew he had power and we all know he's a good defender. He stayed with his plan. He stayed with the work ethic he has to get his offense going."
Collins said Davis will need to focus on carrying that momentum into 2013 in order to prevent another sluggish start.