Boston Red Sox (78-62) @ Oakland Athletics (69-70) Clay Buchholz (15-6, 2.25) @ Trevor Cahill (15-6, 2.27) 10:05 PM EDT | Oakland Coliseum (Oakland, Cal.) TV: NESN RADIO: WEEI 850, SBN 1150 GAME NOTES: What happens when two young pitchers with an identical record, and almost identical ERA’s square off? Pitchers duel anyone? […]
Chicago White Sox (73-60) @ Boston Red Sox (76-58) John Danks (12-9, 3.65) @ Clay Buchholz (15-5, 2.21) 1:05 PM EDT | Fenway Park (Boston, Mass) TV: NESN RADIO: WEEI 850, SBN 1150 GAME NOTES: Hurricane Earl huffed and puffed, but just a few hours after he failed to blow the house down, […]
It’s been another harrowing week for the Red Sox as yet another key starter has gone down to injury.
With Dustin Pedroia sustaining a broken foot, the second baseman is expected to miss an estimated six weeks – forcing the Sox to scramble for a replacement due to their lack of infield depth.
Elaborating on Pedroia’s importance would be superfluous. The former AL MVP is among the three most indispensible Red Sox on the active roster next to Kevin Youkilis and Jon Lester – if not the most important of the three. Considering the absence of any semblance of a Major Leaguer middle infielder in Boston’s stead, he is as good as irreplaceable.
Still, the length of Pedroia’s injury is nearly as confounding as the injury itself. Assuming he returns along the proposed six-week time line, the Sox are in a purgatory of sorts when it comes to finding a replacement. On the one hand, they could trade for a replacement outside the organization – costing the team prospects in exchange for gaining about a win or two in Pedroia’s absence. On the other, they could tough it out with the inadequate options available.
Giants fans have long been awaiting the arrival of Madison Bumgarner to add to their already stellar list of pitchers – but the Boston Red Sox will look to spoil his big arrival with a Boston welcome party.
There are a few reasons why Clay Buchholz has outperformed his FIP and xFIP this season. He has been very lucky so far to currently have 10 wins and a 2.47 ERA. Coming into the season he had only Bill James and the fans projections on Fangraphs calling for an ERA under 4.00, but so far while his ERA has beat all the projections his strikeout rate continues to fall.
In the minors Buchholz showed an elite strikeout ability getting over 12 K/9 in Triple-A, but after his promotion in 2007 his numbers had started to drop. Even after a return to the minors to figure things out he only broke a 10 K/9 for a short stay in Double-A. His K/9 fell to 8.53 in a return to the majors in 2008 and while lower still showed a solid skill for the strikeout.
|| Los Angeles Dodgers (38-29) @ Boston Red Sox (41-28)
Vincente Padilla (1-1, 6.65) @ Tim Wakefield (2-5, 5.42)
4:10 PM EDT | Fenway Park (Boston, Mass)
TV: FOX RADIO: WEEI 850, SBN 1150
GAME NOTES Not that Vincente Padilla strikes fear into the hearts of Bay Staters, but the Los Angeles Dodgers will be playing with a chip on their shoulder after their loss last night to the Boston Red Sox who will send Tim Wakefield to the mound.
Having taken the last two at Cleveland, the Boston Red Sox bring the fight to their former top prospect, Justin Masterson. Masterson, the feature piece in the Victor Martinez trade, has struggled since the trade with much credit owed to his inability to put down lefties. Clay Buchholz, on the other hand, looks to continue his tremendous start to the season.
The Boston Red Sox will hit the road once again to try to gain some ground in the AL East against the basement occupying Baltimore Orioles.
(1-5, 3.57) and (6-3, 3.07). One of those lines belong to Clay Buchholz and the other belongs to Zack Greinke… and it ain’t the one you’re expecting. After dropping two now to the struggling Royals, the Boston Red Sox will send Buchholz out there in a duel of the young guns.
The Boston Red Sox did to Philadelphia what the Bruins could not this weekend. But the boys of summer will have a whole new challenge, as they head south to Tampa Bay to face the Tampa Bay Rays in a good old fashioned AL East showdown.
The Boston Red Sox return to the safety of home after a rough road trip to Detroit and New York. Scott Baker and the Minnesota Twins will try to stop the welcome back parade in its tracks against Clay Buchholz tonight.
The Boston Red Sox will begin a lengthy road trip tonight against the bounding Tigers, as Clay Buchholz looks to tame the struggling Max Scherzer.
Drew Back on Track
No Sox hitter in the past two weeks has been hotter than J.D. Drew. In Boston’s last ten games, he’s batted 17-for-36 with three homers. The eight Ks are a bit unfortunate, but nothing concerning.
Not including last night, his first strike percentage is down to 63.4 from 72.7, his BABIP is up to .329 from .194.
What is particularly exciting about Drew’s performance is the type of contact he’s making. Besides it being hard and consistent, he’s been doing an excellent job of sending the ball the other way on two strikes.
According to MLB.com’s Fenway Park hit chart, Drew has four opposite field singles this season to go along with two doubles. In 2009, he had all of five singles (seven depending on how narrowly or widely you define the left field) and five doubles (up to nine for the width of left field).
In particular, Drew has been serving these opposite field singles with two strikes. Keeping his hands back and serving outside pitches into right field means he’s timing the ball much better than he had been. Lots of hitters in slumps will get ahead of the pitch and roll the ball over to the pull side…
The New York Yankees took their twentieth win of the season last night from the Boston Red Sox. Boston will send Clay Buchholz to the hill tonight to face C.C. Sabathia to put the Red Sox past the .500 mark.
After a sweep by the Orioles that can be described as nothing short of embarrasing, the Boston Red Sox will start fresh as the Angels come to Fenway Park to face Clay Buchholz.