Monday, August 23, 2010

Is Buchholz The Best Pitcher In The American League?

He's 15-5 and has a league-best ERA of 2.26. With his devastating array of pitches, he can make a batter flail uselessly at a wicked change-up or blow him away with a 95 MPH heater. His name is Clay Buchholz and yes, he is on a roll. He's thrown 23 1/3 consecutive scoreless innings and he's considered to be one of the Cy Young favorites. Yesterday he threw six scoreless innings to add to his total. Bard and Dubront finished up and made the game official. Here's Clay...

“I’m not going to set any goals,” Buchholz said. “I’m out here to pitch and help this team win, and whatever happens after that happens. I think that can sort of step in the way if you think about it too much, just like the All-Star Game questions. I’m basically going out there every day trying to pitch deep into the games and win the games for this team to get to October.”

If you haven't seen Buchholz pitch yet this season you owe it to yourself to indulge in his mastery. I had so much fun on a lazy Sunday with not much (nothing) to do. He made my day. But today's another day and the Boston Red Sox begin a three game Fenway set against the Seattle Mariners. Here's all you need to know...

Mon. 23 Sea 7:10 PM ET** FxNW/NESN** Lackey (11-7) vs. Fister (4-8)
Tue. 24 Sea 7:10 PM ET** FxNW/NESN**Beckett (3-3) vs. Pauley (2-4)
Wed. 25 Sea 1:35 PM ET** FxNW/NESN** Lester (13-8) vs. Hernandez (9-10)

A nice eight game winning steak would be sweet, oh so sweet, and get us right back into the Wild Card race. There's a little bit more than a month left in this regular season so it's time to put the pedal to the medal and DO IT! You can click on this post's title for more on yesterday's game and as always, BE WELL.

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