Friday, October 18, 2013

Buchholz Needs To Seize The Game Six Moment

(Greg M. Cooper-USA TODAY Sports)
Clay Buchholz started 2013 like the presumptive Cy Young winner. On Saturday, he will face the guy who will actually win the honor—Max Scherzer. Before his baffling injury, Buchholz was 9-0 with a microscopic ERA. Since his return, he has had moments of dominance and defeatism—a troubling inconsistency that is making fans of The Carmine Hose a little nervous about Game Six. The best example of the 'dark side' since his return was the shellacking he took in Game Two of the ALCS (5.1 innings, 5 ERs, 8 hits, 2 HRs). He looked tentative, nervous and took forever to work from the stretch. He needs to exude the confidence that was so evident in April and May and work quickly and efficiently. If he doesn't, John Farrell had better have an alternative (Felix Doubront or Ryan Dempster) at the ready.