BOSTON — April wasn’t kind to Clay Buchholz the past couple of years. It’s been very cooperative this trip through the calendar.
Buchholz turned in another solid outing on Thursday, working into the eighth inning while holding the Astros to just two runs. He struck out 10 in his 7 2/3 innings of work, and the right-hander is now 5-0 with a 1.19 ERA to begin the season.
Buchholz’s hot start is a continuation of the momentum he established during spring training, and given his raw talent, perhaps we shouldn’t be too shocked by this April’s developments. Buchholz has notoriously been a slow starter, though, which makes the recent stretch all the more impressive.
Buchholz, who finished last season with an 11-8 record and a 4.56 ERA, struggled out of the gate in 2012. He went seven innings just once in his first nine starts, and he didn’t strike out more than five batters in any game during that span.
In 2011, Buchholz didn’t pitch seven or more innings until his eighth start. He racked ...