Tag:Clay Buchholz
Posted on: August 13, 2009 10:35 pm
Edited on: August 13, 2009 10:36 pm

Two Steps Forward....

The Red Sox couldn't finish off the sweep this afternoon against Detroit.  All in all, they played pretty well until they ran into Justin Verlander today.  Even so, they didn't play too badly, though it's becoming clear that Clay Buchholz is either not quite ready or just had some bad luck.  He's got a no-hitter on the resume, but his other starts have barely shown a glimpse of that brilliant outing.

I think Theo waited too long on Smoltz, and he's making the same mistake with Buchholz.  Buchholz is a different case since he's still really young and is a product of the Red Sox farm system.  But if the team wants to keep winning consistently, I think he's going to have to go for now.  The next problem would be, who replaces him in the rotation?  I wish I knew the answer.

In other news, the Astros lost again in Florida.  It was ugly all around, as the pitching stunk and the offense wasn't much better.
Mike Hampton seriously needs to go.  And since Yorman Bazardo showed tremendous improvement today, he might be just the guy to take Hampton's spot in the rotation.

The other problem tonight was Chris Sampson.  He was terrible.  It's a possibility that he's hurt again, and playing in spite of the pain.  It has been proven with every practically every injury that Sampson has had that he does not play well when attempting to pitch through pain. His performance is such that the team may have no choice but to get rid of him after the season.  He proved that he can't start and win consistently, and now he's terrible in the bullpen.

My guess is that his shoulder is still bothering him.  But if it isn't, then there's a bigger problem.  Given the economy and Drayton's stand on payroll, Sampson could find himself non-tendered this offseason unless he improves.
Posted on: August 2, 2009 5:56 pm

4-2-1-7-0-2-0-1-1 --> 18

The title is the line score for the Red Sox today, specifically the runs they scored in each inning and the total at the end of the game.

Needless to say, it was a WILD game.  Victor Martinez was 5-for-6, Kevin Youkilis was 3-for-4, and the Red Sox clobbered Baltimore 18-10.

Clay Buchholz has not shown his no-hitter form too often since he had it.  Today he wasn't much better, giving up nine hits and seven runs in only four innings.  If he and John Smoltz continue to tax the bullpen, it'll be trouble in late September and October for the team.

In other news, Bud Norris made his first start for the Astros today in relief of Roy Oswalt.  He had one of the more impressive debuts that I've seen recently, throwing seven shutout innings while giving up only two hits; he walked four and struck out five.  The walks could have caused more trouble, but Norris was lucky (or good) at the right times.  The Astros won 2-0, and may have stopped their slide.  I didn't think Norris was up for it, but he proved me wrong.

Good for him, I say.  Hopefully he builds on this, and doesn't turn into Wandy.
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