He started out numerous seasons with Cy Young attention grabbing numbers but consistently got hurt, ending all dreams of pitching a full season, ultimately never reaching his full potential. He has been a target of the Boston media, and fans, including myself. When you see someone with so much talent go to waste, all you can do is get frustrated. But let's not forget, behind that serious face and mumbling voice, this guy stole 29 laptops in college and tried to sell them. That takes some serious BALLS. Not just the balls he consistently throws, but the ones behind his kids size cup (Jk Clay). His time in Boston is over, so now, let’s discuss his next chapter in the the city of brotherly love, which I think will be the prime of his career.
I fully expect him to have a Kyle Hendricks type season, methodically working his way up and down opposing lineups. Taking after the likes of the 1998 version of the 32 year old Greg Maddux, which is the current age of Mr. Buchholz himself. Going too far? Maybe, Do I mean it? Absolutely. Maddux went 18-9 in his 32 year old body in 96’ posting up a 2.22 ERA. Clay and Greg have in no way had similar careers, but it's now the time Clay must reinvent himself. Be a pitcher, not a thrower. Throw strikes, use deception, have no fear. When Clay Buchholz begins April 5-0, teams will start calling. He will be one of the most sought after pitchers at the MLB trade deadline this summer. American League teams may stay away, as history sometimes repeats itself, keeping him in the National League for good, forever living in a change of scenery which will be extremely important on his way to winning the 2017 Cy Young Award.
Will Clay’s play in the april lead to speculation in May, causing disarray, leading to offseason which may come with more pay, I sure would say - Dr. Seuss
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