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Clay Buchholz has become the best pitcher in the Red Sox rotation after years of disappointment
I never was a huge fan of Clay Buchholz. He started his Red Sox career with a no-hitter and every body who sort of followed the Boston Red Sox thought that they had an ace in the hole. Forget for a second that there have been plenty of middle of the road pitchers who have pitched no-hitters and that Buchholz faced an anemic Baltimore line-up that night, Clay Buccholz was just not ready. At the highest level of minor league ball in 2007, Buchholz posted an ERA of almost four. If Buchholz was to be this next great Red Sox pitcher, better numbers than that would be needed.
The next season, Buchholz posted an ERA greater than six at the majors and was sent back down to Pawtucket. The next season, Buchholz posted an ERA of over four in the majors and was sent back to Pawtucket. Buchholz was pitching pretty well at the minor-league level, but could not put it together at the major league level. The joke became that he was a “AAAA” pitcher, great in the minor leagues but missing something at the major-league level. More than desired, Buchholz missed something whenever he pitched at the Major League level.
In 2010, Buchholz finally posted an ERA under three, but his advanced stats implied that those numbers did not have the potential to be consistent. In 2011, his numbers went back up to those pre-2010 levels leaving me to believe that Clay Buchholz had reached his potential as a middle of the rotation pitcher who the Boston Red Sox should have moved when they had a chance for a true ace. His start to 2012 did not help the Buchholz cause.
Then, almost suddenly, Clay Buchholz began to change. He added a split-fingered fastball to his repertoire of pitches and turned it into a strike-out pitch. Buchholz dropped his slider and focused more on his cutter to get that sharp movement on pitches. He looked calmer on the mound and more in control of the game. Most importantly, he started throwing strikes. From May to the end of August, Buchholz was as close to unbeatable as anyone in baseball. From the end of May to the end of August, he only gave up more than three runs in a game twice and lowered his number of walks. With Fat Jon Lester and a collection of pitchers giving up run after run, Buchholz was refreshing and one of the few bright spots in an otherwise depressing season.
His start to 2013 has been nothing less than spectacular, highlighted by his seven scoreless innings and eight strikeouts during the home-opener on Monday afternoon. There is a chance that Buchholz could be even better than he was during the heat of 2012 and he might finally reach that “high upside potential” that Red Sox fans hoped they would get five years ago. His only negative right now is that he has a strangely high FIP compared to his ERA, but advanced stats are better predictive tools from year to year, not game to game.
If the Red Sox are going to improve from last season in the standings, it will have to be from mound out. The Red Sox have done that so far in 2013, and it has started with their newest number one starter, Clay Buchholz. I’m so happy I was wrong about him.
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Daniel Nava hit a three run homer in the bottom of the seventh was all that Clay Buchholz needed as the Red Sox have won their third straight, beating the Orioles, 3-1.
It was a pitcher's duel between Buchholz and Wei-Yin Chen, as both of them only allowed a couple of singles and walks until the seventh when Dustin Pedroia started the rally with a single and Mike Napoli getting...
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The Boston Red Sox, now winners of five of their first seven games, are cruising on the shoulders of their top two pitchers: Jon Lester and Clay Buchholz.
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Jon Lester was the Red Sox’ Opening Day starter, and he’s considered the team’s ace in the minds of many. Clay Buchholz, the starter for Monday’s home opener, continues to match the southpaw step for step.
Buchholz tossed seven shutout innings against the Orioles on Monday. It marks the second straight outing Buchholz has gone seven innings, and he and Lester now hold a combined...
Clay Buchholz threw seven solid innings and Daniel Nava provided all the runs with a three-run homer to help the Boston Red Sox to a 3-1 win over the Baltimore Orioles in their 2013 home opener.
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Clay Buchholz followed Jon Lester‘s strong performance Sunday with seven shutout innings of his own Monday afternoon, which bodes well for the Red Sox’ starting staff this year.
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Buchholz threw for seven shutout innings in the win...
The Red Sox kicked off their home schedule in a big way on Monday.
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Daniel Nava hit a three-run homer, Clay Buchholz pitched seven shutout innings and the surprising Boston Red Sox won their ninth straight home opener, 3-1 over the Baltimore Orioles on Monday.
Nava broke open a scoreless duel between Buchholz (2-0) and Wei-Yin Chen (0-1) in the seventh inning with his second homer in two days. He hit a shot over the Green Monster in left after Dustin...
The First Pitch
Paul Maholm and Clay Buchholz followed up solid season debuts with excellent second starts yesterday. They each went seven innings, allowed no runs and got a win. As a result, their ownership percentages are on the rise. But should you hop on the bandwagon and add them? Yes and no.
Yes to Maholm. He’s obviously going to give up some runs at some point, but...
The Red Sox just completed their first week of the season, a 6 game road trip starting in New York and ending in Toronto. The team went 4-2 on the trip and return to Fenway for a 7 game home stand against Baltimore and then Tampa Bay.
Wei-Yin Chen vs Clay Buchholz
Buchholz had a great outing in his first start of the season in the Bronx. He went 7 strong innings allowing...
First Pitch: Monday 2:05, Wednesday 7:10, Thursday 7:10
Arms: Monday: Clay Buchholz, RHP (1-0, 1.29 ERA) vs. Wei-Yin Chen, LHP (0-0, 3.18 ERA)
Wednesday: Ryan Dempster, RHP (0-1, 5.40 ERA) vs. Miguel Gonzalez, RHP (1-0, 2.84 ERA)
Thursday: Felix Doubront, LHP (0-0, 5.40 ERA) vs. Jake Arrieta RHP (0-0, 9.00 ERA)
After going 4-2 on their season opening road trip, the Boston Red Sox return home for a seven-game homestand. They'll start off with the home opener this afternoon against the Baltimore Orioles at historic Fenway Park.
The Red Sox pregame show will start on NESN at 12 p.m. First pitch is scheduled for 2:05 p.m. and the game will be broadcast on NESN in the Red Sox television...
Note: Pitching matchups are subject to change
Monday, April 8 @ 2:05 PM
Wei-Yin Chen, LHP (0-0, 3.18) vs Clay Buchholz, RHP (1-0, 1.29)
TV: NESN, MLB.tv
Radio: Red Sox Radio Network, MLB Gameday Audio
Wednesday, April 10 @ 7:10 PM
Jake Arrieta, RHP (0-0, 9.00) vs Ryan Dempster, RHP (0-1, 5.40)
TV: NESN, MLB.tv
Radio: Red Sox Radio Network, MLB Gameday...