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Clay Buchholz | Starting Pitcher

Team: Boston Red Sox
Age / DOB:  (30) / 8/14/1984
Ht / Wt:  6'3' / 190
Bats / Throws: Left / Right
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After taking a shutout into the ninth, Clay Buchholz was denied a win Monday, giving up three runs in 8 1/3 innings against the Blue Jays.
Buchholz was brilliant for eight, so sticking with him in a 3-0 game seemed like the right move. Nevertheless, he certainly would have been pulled after the second one-out single he gave up had Koji Uehara been his usual dominant self. As it was, Buchholz was left in and walked Jose Bautista on four pitches, loading the bases. Uehara took over then and allowed all three runners to score, tying the game. The Red Sox won 4-3 in 10 innings, snapping their seven-game losing streak, but Buchholz deserved better, even if he is the game's most frustrating pitcher right now. While he's pitched well in three of his last four starts, dropping his ERA from 6.20 to 5.76, he's still winless since July 18. Aug 25 - 11:07 PM

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Clay Buchholz gave up six runs in six innings Wednesday in a loss to the Angels.

Buchholz started out well enough, retiring 11 of the first 12 hitters he faced before giving up a double and an RBI single in the fourth. It was the fifth in which things unraveled, as four singles and two walks led to five runs. There was also a botched popup in there, but since the Red Sox got an out on the play, it didn't matter overly much. If the Red Sox were still in contention, Buchholz wouldn't have survived the inning. As is., he was allowed to come back out for the sixth and finish on a high note, striking out two of the last three guys he faced. Still, even with some encouraging signs of late, Buchholz simply isn't a viable fantasy pitcher right now.
Aug 20 - 11:21 PM

Clay Buchholz struck out nine batters while allowing two runs over seven innings Friday in a no-decision against the Astros.

Buchholz left with the lead, but the Astros tied things up in the eighth inning on a botched play at the plate. While he didn't get the win, it was another encouraging performance. He gave up seven hits and walked two while throwing 75 out of 110 pitches for strikes. We still wouldn't trust him in mixed leagues, but he's moving in the right direction.
Aug 16 - 12:36 AM

Clay Buchholz had one of his best outings of the year Saturday, allowing three runs over eight innings against the Angels.

Two runs scored in the first, when center fielder Brock Holt couldn't quite manage to come up with a ball that would have been a clean catch for Jackie Bradley Jr. The other run came on a Mike Trout homer in the eighth, by which point Buchholz probably would have been done had the Red Sox bullpen not been rather tired. Buchholz ended up striking out eight, his second highest total of the season. It was his first quality start since his shutout of the Astros on July 13.
Aug 10 - 2:59 AM

Red Sox manager John Farrell said the reason for Clay Buchholz' recent struggles is "nothing physical."

"We're confident he can turn it around because he's healthy," Red Sox general manager Ben Cherington said. "That means he’s got a chance to turn it around, but obviously the results right now are not what he wants. They’re not what we expect from him. He knows that." Buchholz is the owner of a 6.20 ERA and he's allowed 22 runs in his last 22 innings of work. He can't be relied upon for fantasy purposes at this point.
Aug 6 - 7:37 PM

Clay Buchholz was hit extremely hard in a no-decision against the Yankees on Sunday, allowing seven runs on eight hits over his five frames.

Buchholz also issued five free passes on the evening while striking out five. He was staked to three different leads early in the game (3-0, 5-3 and 7-4), but each time he was unable to protect it. He now owns a troublesome 6.20 ERA, 1.61 WHIP and 75/38 K/BB ratio through 101 2/3 innings on the season. He’ll try to turn things around on Saturday when he does battle against the Angels in Los Angeles.
Aug 3 - 11:51 PM

Clay Buchholz surrendered seven runs in five-plus innings Monday in a loss to the Blue Jays.

Another clear step backwards for Buchholz. He seemed to have things headed in the right direction earlier this month, but his three starts since the break have gotten progressively worse. He's even a hard guy to use in AL-only leagues now.
Jul 28 - 11:08 PM

Clay Buchholz surrendered five runs -- four earned -- in six innings Wednesday in a loss to the Blue Jays.

This was a definite step backward for Buchholz, who seemed to be making progress prior to the All-Star break. He walked four and hit two batters tonight, while striking out just one. It was actually quite an accomplishment that he managed to get through six innings. Buchholz will face the Jays again next time out, making him a tough play in any format.
Jul 24 - 12:37 AM

Clay Buchholz picked up his fifth victory of the season on Friday, allowing four runs on 10 hits over six innings against the Royals.

While he wasn't at his best, he did just enough to keep his team in the ballgame and afford them the chance to win. He'll bring a disappointing 5.46 ERA and 0.95 WHIP into Wednesday's start against the Blue Jays in Toronto.
Jul 19 - 12:47 AM

Clay Buchholz struck out 12 while allowing just three hits in an 11-0 shutout of the Astros on Sunday.

It's been a season to forget thus far for the 29-year-old, but Sunday reminded fans just how dominant Buchholz can be when he's on. The right-hander allowed just three singles and didn't walk a batter, using 109 pitches to finish his first shutout of 2014. The start could give him some confidence heading into the season's second half.
Jul 13 - 7:26 PM

Clay Buchholz surrendered four runs in seven innings Monday in a loss to the White Sox.

Buchholz was great after giving up Dayan Viciedo's three-run homer in the fifth, retiring the final 10 hitters he faced. Six of those outs came via the K. Of course, it was too late to do the low-scoring Red Sox much good. However, Buchholz is looking a whole lot better now than he did before going on the DL at the end of May.
Jul 7 - 11:00 PM

Clay Buchholz got a no-decision, allowing one run over 6 1/3 innings in Tuesday's loss to the Cubs.

It was a tough-luck no-decision for Buchholz, as the Red Sox squandered plenty of run-scoring opportunities. The right-hander allowed five hits, walked none, and struck out two in the effort. It's been a tough season for Buchholz, as he still carries a 6.22 ERA, a 1.74 WHIP, and a 43/24 K/BB ratio. He'll attempt to get win number four in his next start against the White Sox at home.
Jul 1 - 11:12 PM

In his return to the rotation, Clay Buchholz allowed four runs over 7 1/3 innings in Wednesday's victory over the Mariners.

Buchholz struck out two and issued zero free passes. The right-hander missed almost a month with a (possibly phantom) knee injury, and the time away seems to have done him some good (he had a 7.02 ERA in 10 starts prior to hitting the shelf). Buchholz (3-4, 6.75 ERA) has a decent chance to take another step forward when he hosts the Cubs next week.
Jun 26 - 12:55 AM

Red Sox activated RHP Clay Buchholz from the 15-day disabled list.

Buchholz missed just under a month on the DL with a knee injury that, at the time, many constituted as simply a reason to give the right-hander a rest. With the ailment behind him, perhaps Buchholz will look more like the 2013 version that went 12-1 and less like the guy with a 7.02 ERA in 10 starts this year. He'll face the Mariners in his return on Wednesday.
Jun 25 - 6:35 PM

Clay Buchholz (knee) will rejoin the Red Sox' rotation on Wednesday against the Mariners.

Buchholz was cleared to return to the big league rotation after going six scoreless innings in a rehab start with Triple-A Pawtucket last Thursday. He held a 7.02 ERA over 10 starts before going down with a knee injury last month and is not a safe bet to pitch well or remain healthy.
Jun 24 - 7:56 PM

Depth Charts

Batters
PosRoleName
C1Christian Vazquez
2David Ross
1B1Mike Napoli
2B1Dustin Pedroia
SS1Xander Bogaerts
3B1Will Middlebrooks
2Kelly Johnson
LF1Yoenis Cespedes
2Brock Holt
CF1Mookie Betts
RF1Allen Craig
2Shane Victorino
3Daniel Nava
DH1David Ortiz
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1Clay Buchholz
2Rubby De La Rosa
3Joe Kelly
4Allen Webster
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Koji Uehara
2Edward Mujica
3Junichi Tazawa
4Craig Breslow
5Burke Badenhop
6Tommy Layne
7Alex Wilson
8Edwin Escobar