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Buchholz’s name has been all over the news to start the 2013 season. Buchholz leads all major league starters in ERA (1.01), and he’s Top-15 in WHIP (0.96). Most impressive though, has been his strikeout rate at 27%. He currently has 47 strikeouts in just under 45 innings pitched. Is that strikeout rate legit?
Well, recently Blue Jays radio/TV guys Dirk Hayhurst and Jack Morris (both former pitchers), have accused Clay Buchholz of throwing a “spitter” – an illegal version of a change-up that involves doctored and changed baseballs or use of substances on the fingers in order to give the ball more break.
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