Yesterday’s Red Sox game was one of the best wins of the 2016 season yet. Coming into the 9th inning, down 5-2, it seemed as if the Red Sox were going to lose the divisional game.
Last Tuesday Clay Buchholz got the nod to start against Tampa Bay. He tossed a good outing and picked up his 5th win of the season going 6.1 IP, giving up 5 H, 1 ER, 2 BB, and 9 Ks. However, despite a great performance, his role for the foreseeable future will be as an 8th inning set up man.
Coming into the 2016 season, the Red Sox had a bunch of “what if’s” that needed to fall into place in order for Red Sox fans to feel comfortable with this year’s team. Before the season even got underway, the “what if’s” seemed even more formidable when Eduardo Rodriguez and Carson Smith landed themselves on the disabled list before opening day.
I was going to try and do a write up every week on the Red Sox and how they panned out over the last seven days of play. However, after Clay Buchholz’s start last night I couldn’t wait that long to write out my angst. Could this just have been one bad start to begin the 2016 season for Clay Buchholz, or is this a potential ongoing pattern to worry about for the upcoming season?