Thursday, August 18, 2016

Will Clay Buchholz Be The '2004 Derek Lowe' Of 2016?

Lowe (L); Buchholz (R)
Lately, Clay Buchholz has been pitching pretty well—both as a starter and out of the bullpen. Why is anybody's guess. We always knew he had the ability—maybe the lack of excessive pressure has allowed him to rely more on his natural talents. This afternoon, he has the chance to continue his positive run in a start against Detroit. It's a big game for the Red Sox—as they all will be from here on in. FenwayNation Board Member Henry Kanter suggested that Buchholz could turn out to be the 2016 version of 2004's Derek Lowe. If you recall, after a pretty bad regular season (14-12, 5.42 ERA), Lowe went on an historic playoff run. He got the "W" in every one of Boston's playoff clinching games—ALDS Game 3, ALCS Game 7, and World Series Game 4. It was a revelation. Will Buchholz similarly catch fire from now to October? We can only hope.