Red Sox Season Preview: Rotation

Number 1 Starter: Clay Buchholz

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2014 Stats: 8 wins, 11 losses, 5.34 ERA, 1.386 WHIP, 170.1 innings, 132 K’s, 4.01 FIP

“It was the best of times, it was the worst of times” would be an apt way to analogize Clay Buchholz’s career. Buchholz has split time between being Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde in his tenure as a Red Sox, tantalizing with his talent and then never failing to disappoint not long after. He is a two time All Star, most recently in 2013 and put up Cy Young caliber numbers in each of those seasons. In the two seasons in between his ERA was 3.48 and 4.56.

Last season was undoubtedly the worst of the five-year span and along with inconsistency comes a rather concerning injury history to boot. Will we see the Buchholz of 2010 and 2013 or will we see a repeat of 2014? Will he stay healthy? Far more questions circle him than you would like from your “ace.” There are two pitchers I am not sure will pan out this year or long term, and Buchholz is one of them.

In his defense, his FIP proves he was better than his numbers show, but not by much. If he struggles GM Ben Cherington’s hand might be forced and the team could ramp up their pursuit of other options such as Cole Hamels, Jordan Zimmermann, and Johnny Cueto.

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