Clay Buchholz looked like well…. Clay Buchholz last night. I’m not sure exactly what we were expecting from the 31 year old pitcher. Clay is not a realistic candidate for a #2 starting pitcher in Boston. I think everyone can see that now. Rick Porcello and Joe Kelly will now have their shot to prove they deserve that role. If the Red Sox can’t fill a decent rotation around Price then the $217 million they payed for him will not pay out this season.
Clay Buchholz spoke to the Boston Globe on his outing last night.
“Had a couple of [base runners], and Santana, everybody knows what kind of damage he can do,” Buchholz said of the first inning. “I didn’t mean to leave that pitch over the middle. I tried to throw a fastball in and it leaked over the middle. He put some good wood on it. That’s what good hitters do, they make you pay when you make mistakes. I’ve got to keep the walks out. I have to work on command on a couple of pitches.”
“Most of it was fastball location. I threw some good offspeed pitches for first pitches and they had some good takes with a team that you think will go out there and swing early. I tried to get them to mishit some balls on changeups and curves early in the count. There were pitches that I wanted to throw that were balls where I usually get weak contact and some swings and misses, but they didn’t offer at them. It left me behind on the count for the most part and I had to throw strikes with the fastball that I wasn’t commanding all that well. That’s how it goes.”
Things didn’t go well Clay I think we get the picture… Then he had the audacity to blame the 12 minute game delay.
“It was a little awkward with the game time delayed,” he said. “Other than the first inning, I felt pretty good. I had a couple of guys on and got out of a couple of jams. That first inning is what stands out. Take that away and we have a lot better chance of winning.”
Fine, he only said it was a “little awkward” but this guy is still on thin ice as far as I am concerned. We are probably going to have to stick it out with Clay again this season much like Yankee fans have had to do with CC Sabathia. He’s our guy and we know that he can find lightning in a bottle every now and then. The fact is it’s been a while since the last time we’ve seen good pitching from him.
It has been clear for the past couple seasons that Clay is not what he once was. With Sandoval still on the trading block the Red Sox would love to find a team to take on his contract for a starting pitcher. However, that is probably just a fantasy. The Padres apparently came to Fort Meyers to take a look at Panda but did not end up biting.