The Boston Red Sox last season went into the year where all the starting pitchers were calling each other aces. Well to be quite honest none of them were aces or deserved to be called such. If you were to pick out one guy and say he should be the ace it would be last years opening day starter Clay Bucholz.
Last season Clay went 7-7 in 18 starts with a 3.26 ERA. Not bad considering the team finished in dead last in the AL East. Buchholz is notorious for having injury plagued seasons and following up good seasons with awful seasons. Will this season be any different?
Yesterday Clay Buchholz pitched in a spring training game pitching 4 2/3 innings giving up 1 run on 5 hits. This was his second start of the season with two more to come before opening day, not a bad outing for his second go around of the spring.
“I thought today was a better outing for him,” Boston manager John Farrell said. “I thought he threw the ball well, a higher number of strikes today.”
This season the bonafide ace is David Price formerly of the division rival Rays and Blue Jays most recently. So the question remains who will be the number 2 guy in the rotation, all eyes are once again looking at Clay Buchholz who has some of the best stuff in baseball when he wants to throw it.
With the pressure off Clay for this season as he is no longer expected to be the ace, I think we may see his numbers flirt with his 2013 stat line 12-1 in 16 starts with a 1.74 ERA. In 2013 Buchholz pitched so well for most of the year that he was considered a CY Young candidate until he went down with an injury that cut his season short and killed any shot at the prestigious award.
When this season gets underway early April and progresses to September do not be shocked when you see Clay Buchholz having better outings and stats than David Price. That is a bold thing to say considering Price is the highest paid pitcher in all of baseball, but Clay will come through this season. After all it is a contract year for Buch.