Found August 17, 2012 on Baseball Prospectus:
PLAYERS: Clay Buchholz
TEAMS: Boston Red Sox
Clay Buchholz has added a splitter this year to go with his well-known (and devastating) changeup. We first noticed this back when he was throwing one or two per game, but now it’s not unusual to see him throw a nice cluster of splitters in each start. A comparison between his pre-splitter and post-splitter pitch graphs is shown below: Pre-splitter Post-splitter We’re now 66 pitches into the Clay Buchholz splitter experiment. How is it working out? The most sensible thing to compare it to is the changeup, his other off-speed pitch. The two are virtually equally effective at generating groundballs (51.4 percent GB/BIP for the change, 50.0 percent for the split) or giving up line drives (16.2 percent change, 16.7 percent split). The two major differences: swings, and swings and misses (whiffs). Hitters swing at the splitter 63.6 percent of the time, compared to only 49.4 percent of the time for the change. But hitters whiff at the splitter only 26.2 percent of the time, compared to ...

Clay Buchholz Makes History Striking Out the Side on Nine Pitches Against Baltimore (Video)

The sixth inning of Thursday's game was a pivotal one for Clay Buchholz. The Sox had just scored three runs to grab a 6-3 lead, but the Orioles had the heart of their order due up in the bottom of the frame. Buchholz couldn't afford to give any momentum back to Baltimore, and he needed to come up big. He did just that, in historic fashion. Buchholz struck out the side on...

Buchholz's Perfect Sixth Inning; Nine Pitches, Nine Strikes

The Boston Red Sox may be a huge disappointment this year, but they had a bright spot last night in pitcher Clay Buchholz. Clay Buchholz pitched an absolute perfect, flawless sixth inning against the Baltimore Orioles. Nine pitches, nine strikes, three strikeouts. Your browser does not support iframes. According to STATS Inc., this was only the 47th time in MLB history that a pitcher...

Red Sox Need Clay Buchholz to Keep Winning, Picking Up Slack From Early-Season Woes (Video)

Clay Buchholz has been great for the Red Sox lately. Which is exactly what they've needed. At the start of this season, Buchholz was a bit of the black sheep on the Red Sox staff, picking up wins while not pitching particularly well. Now, he's earning each and every one and dominating in the process. NESN Nation's Dan Duquette is pulling for Clay to keep stepping up for...

Clay Buchholz' Victory Over Orioles Propels Righty to Amica Pitcher of the Week Honors

When it comes to performances by Red Sox starters this week, Clay Buchholz stood out. What else is new? Buchholz's eight-inning, three-run effort in a 6-3 victory over the Orioles on Thursday earned the righty his fourth Amica Pitcher of the Week award in the past five weeks. It's safe to say he's earned them, too, with a 3-0 mark and 1.53 ERA over his last six starts...

Clay Buchholz Spells 'Clutch' His Own Special Way in Win Over Baltimore (Video)

Just when things couldn't possibly sink any lower... Clay Buchholz takes the mound and totally redeems the Red Sox. Buchholz was stellar and boy, did he need to be. After falling behind early, the Red Sox starter put the clamps down on Baltimore and allowed Boston to claw their way back into things, eventually take the lead and ultimately win. It didn't hurt that he made...

Clay Buchholz strikes out side on nine pitches

Red Sox Clay Buchholz was about as dominant as a pitcher can be during the bottom of the sixth inning Thursday night against the Orioles. He threw a perfect inning – nine pitches, nine strikes, three outs. Bada boom, bada bing. And it isn’t he struck out me, you and your portly buddy. He fanned Adam Jones, Matt Wieters and Chris Davis. Ironically, there is a Wikipedia page...

Clay Buchholz has a perfect inning: Three strikeouts on nine pitches

Top Play: Clay Buchholz tosses immaculate inning

Clay Buchholz became the first pitcher of 2012 to throw an immaculate inning, striking out three Baltimore Orioles with just nine pitches. The former first round pick in the 2005 amateur draft completed the feat by striking out the heart of the Baltimore lineup, including center fielder Adam Jones. In a season with three perfect games, it would likely surprise most readers that...

Video - Clay Buchholz struck out the side on 9 pitches

Boston Red Sox pitcher Clay Buchholz threw what is apparently called an “Immaculate Inning” -- 9 pitches, 9 strikes, 3 strikeouts -- yesterday against the Orioles. Your browser does not support... Full story at Bob's Blitz ~

Sox Not Even Worth Watching

Not even a strong outing by Clay Buchholz could raise the spirits of Sox fans last night. Watching the 2012 Boston Red Sox has become a liability to both the health and sanity of their fans, particularly in recent weeks with stories about their dysfunctional clubhouse being published on a seemingly daily basis. The unfortunate thing is it’s been this way since the start of the...

Red Sox News & Notes - 8/17

I'm going to have to be brief this morning as I'm sitting in the terminal at Bradley International Airport. As of late, whenever the Boston Red Sox have needed a big game from a starting pitcher, Clay Buchholz has stepped up and now looks like the true leader of the staff. Despite a rough start, he settled down and the offense picked him up in a 6-3 win over the Baltimore...

Red Sox 6, Orioles 3

Clay Buchholz shook off a rocky start to earn his 11th win, Dustin Pedroia singled in the tiebreaking run in the sixth inning and the Boston Red Sox beat the Baltimore Orioles 6-3 Thursday night to avoid a three-game sweep. Adrian Gonzalez had two RBIs and Cody Ross chipped in with three hits to help Boston to its third win in nine games. Serving as designated hitter for the first...

Red Sox Live Blog: Clay Buchholz Back on Hill Trying to Jumpstart Sox Against Orioles

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Can You Pivot When You're Underground?

For what seems like the 19th time this season, the Sox had a chance to reassert themselves this week. The Olympics ended, leaving the Sox as the only game in town, and the memory of Johnny Pesky generated some warm feelings toward the team.Then they lost three out of four, and much of the oxygen in the room was taken up not by those losses, which have become too routine, but by a...

Red Sox: Orioles in for a beating?

By Are things ever going to get better? Our beloved Red Sox can’t seem to get it together and time is starting to run out. A good showing in Baltimore versus the Orioles would be a great step to finally turning it around. In years past, Boston fans would’ve been extremely confident when Josh Beckett got the assignment. That’s no longer the case. The Red Sox open...
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