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The following is the first of five in a series focusing on the Red Sox starting pitchers.
Go ahead. Take a hard look at the numbers. Pull out the old fine-tooth comb.
Find Clay Buchholz’s fatal flaw this season.
We defy you.
And by “you”, we mostly mean Blue Jays broadcasters and pitch-doctor detractors Jack Morris and Dick Hayhurst.
Buchholz has been a potent blend of dependable and dominating for the Red Sox thus far in 2013, punching the ticket on his seventh win last night in Chicago, where he went seven innings and struck out four, lowering his league-leading ERA to a stingy 1.73.
If there was one blip on the radar it came in the third inning, when Buchholz needed 63 pitches to finally retire the side. From then on he was his old steady self, however. It was the ninth time in his 10 starts this season that the Texas native has gone at least seven innings, and on three occasions he put in eight innings...