Tuesday, May 27, 2014

What happened to the Clay Buchholz from a year ago?

I wish that ugly uniform was to blame...
Clay Buchholz just made his 10th start of the season yesterday.  It wasn't good, and most of his other trips to the mound so far haven't been either.  After allowing 6 earned runs (for the 4th time already this year) Buchholz's ERA now sits at 7.02, his WHIP at 1.98.  He's basically the polar opposite of what he was at this point last season, when he had a 1.73 ERA and a 1.05 WHIP.

Buchholz gave up 2 or fewer runs in 9 of his first 10 starts in 2013 (and on that one occasion it was still only 4).  This year he's surrendered 3 or more in 9 of 10 outings.

Last season Buchholz went at least 7 innings in each of his first 10 starts.  This year he's accomplished that feat only once, and it was exactly 7 innings at that.

The Red Sox went 9-1 when Buchholz pitched to this point last season, this year they are just 4-6.  That 5-game difference would improve their record from 21-29 to 26-24, and have Boston only 3 games out of 1st place.

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