The Boston Red Sox turn to Clay Buchholz with their season on the line. Should we be concerned?
After surprisingly falling behind 2-0 to the Cleveland Indians in the American League Division Series, the Boston Red Sox will now turn to Clay Buchholz to try and keep their season alive on Sunday night.
Buchholz, who has been nothing but inconsistent throughout his whole career, has had another tough season. However, after being removed from the rotation in the middle of May, Buchholz has bounced back since his return to the rotation in September.
Buchholz will come into Sunday night’s do or die with some pretty respectable September numbers. He is 3-0 with a 3.14 ERA in 28.2 innings of work as a starter, his best month as a starter since June of 2015. That is the third best ERA in the month of September by any Red Sox starting pitcher.
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However, Buchholz’ playoff numbers aren’t too much different from his regular season numbers. In five games started, Buchholz is 0-0 with a 4.21 ERA in 25.2 innings of work.
So the question remains, how much faith can we have in Clay?
Personally, I believe we can. This series has had no shortage of surprises. Rick Porcello gave up three home runs in Game One and the Red Sox offense has been quiet. Boston dropped both games in Cleveland, where most thought we’d at least split. It would be very fitting to how this series has gone if Buchholz went out and twirled a gem in Game Three, putting Cleveland on their heels for a crucial Game Four Monday night.
Face it, Red Sox Nation, we have been in this situation plenty of times before in the past decade and this team has pulled through before. The Red Sox can win two at home, just as easily as the Indians can, so I say KEEP THE FAITH.