Clay Buchholz, the man with a face that only a mother could love. He will not be forgotten in Boston, at least not by me. He had his good days in a Red Sox uniform, let's not forget that. From a unforgettable no hitter in his second career start, being part of three world series teams (Only two rings), and a two time all star. With good, also comes the bad.
When Clay Buchholz was traded to the Philadelphia Phillies for an infielder that will never see the field at Fenway Park, I was kind of surprised. How did we not get more for the 2017 National League Cy Young award winner. That’s right, I said it. Clay Buchholz IS GOING TO WIN THE CY YOUNG AWARD THIS YEAR. Move over Jeremy Helickson, after opening day, you will no longer be the ace of this staff. After transitioning over from the stretch to just a set position last season, Clay found his way, leading to huge improvement for him the rest of the season out of the bullpen and few spot starts along the way. When you look into his eyes, you may see nothing, I see a champion. Not to mention that he will have a bat in his hand this season with no DH in the NL, filling in the strikeout void that Ryan Howard left behind. With Buchholz only having to face 8 actual hitters, well probably only 3 or 4 good ones in any given lineup, he should be strategically tearing apart these depleted lineups.
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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