Friday, July 17, 2009

Clay Buchholz's Start Doesn't Answer Lingering Questions

No matter how Buchholz pitches tonight he will be sent back down to the PawSox to make room for Lowell. If he pitches great it only causes more frustration since there is no room in the rotation right now. If he pitches poorly it could further delay his full time return to the team and lowers his trade value. The Red Sox are letting him pitch tonight as a sort of a test to see how he can fare against major league hitters, but even if the Red Sox were to trade Penny they still would not have a spot for Buchholz once Dice-K comes back. Are the Red Sox trying to showcase Buchholz for a deadline trade or do they have plans for him to be a member of the rotation for the second half? Unfortunetly tonight's start does not answer any of those questions.

2 comments:

Dan July 17, 2009 at 9:41 AM  

You've got to feel bad for Buchholz: a great pitcher wasting away in the Minors. It's too bad Boston's rotation is the best in baseball (for him). He needs to be dealt. They'll get a great return for him. Or, if they let him suffer for a while, he'll come up eventually. I guess my point is: I really sympathize for Clay.

dave,  July 17, 2009 at 12:18 PM  

Let's not forget that he dug a deep hole for himself last year after tossing the no hitter the year before. I understand he's frustrated, but the Sox gave him more than enough chances last year, and I'm sure that Theo wants to make 100% sure that he's ready for the bigs, whether as a Sox starter, or for trade. Someone has to go. It could be Penny, it could be Buchholz, but it will be someone. We'll just have to wait and see what cards Theo has up his sleeve.

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