Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Mixed Signals On Condition Of Clay Buchholz

(AP Photo)
Various sources are pointing in different directions on the physical readiness of Clay Buchholz for the World Series. While the party line is that the team "fully expects" Buchholz to take the ball for Game Three in St. Louis, there are also whispers that he's still not 100% physically. Speculation is running rampant that while the right-hander may start Game Three, there will be a viable contingency plan (likely Felix Doubront) ready to take over. In fact, Doubront has been working out with extra bullpen and throwing sessions to be sufficiently "stretched out" for a possible longer outing. Buchholz has generally pitched effectively in the postseason until about the fifth inning when he has tended to hit a "velocity wall"—with his fastball speed dropping off alarmingly.