Part of the reason I never gave up on Clay Buchholz is because I respect history. Yes, I know the guy has never been a 30 start, 200 innings pitcher and he is the furthest thing from reliable. That being said, you can’t be a two time All Star nor contribute positively to two World Series Championships if you are a bad pitcher. People forget just three years ago he was 12-1 with a ridiculous 1.74 ERA. He was pegged as the potential AL Cy Young before getting injured, but ultimately came back in the playoffs to help the Red Sox win the 2013 World Series Championship.
Last night Claydro went out and dealt 6 ⅔ innings with 6 strikeouts to 0 walks and allowed just 1 run. Moreover, Buchholz has posted a near dominant 2.95 ERA since the All Star break whether that be as a starter or a reliever. Something I feel Buchholz hasn’t gotten enough credit with is that he has been able to start or come in as a reliever really at a moments notice and at this point I believe he has earned a spot in the Red Sox rotation as they enter the last few weeks of the season tied in first with the Toronto Blue Jays. I would even double down saying if Buchholz continues to pitch like this, I would consider giving him a spot in the rotation in the postseason.
I know this sounds like I’m giving into the hype and in a lot of ways I am. When it comes down to it, I trust Buchholz more than Wright if he’s healthy simply because of how they have pitched recently and the nature of the knuckleball. If you had said in June to me that I would rather have Buchholz pitch a playoff game over Stephen Wright who at the time led the American League in ERA, I would’ve said you’re out of your mind, but that is the nature of the long 162 game MLB season. Buchholz has always had great stuff, and his issues have always been mental. He looks like he has finally worked that out and it couldn’t be better timing for the Red Sox. Clay Buchholz deserves credit for what he has done for this team in the second half of the season. He has earned my trust and I believe he deserves yours. One thing is for sure, if the Red Sox want to make the playoffs, they will need Clay Buchholz to continue pitching the way he is.
Long live Claydro!