Clay Buchholz has been nothing short of otherworldly this season. Through 12 starts this season, he’s gone an impressive 9-0 with an even more impressive 1.71 ERA, which currently is the best for qualified starters in baseball. In addition, he’s struck out 81 hitters over his 84.1 innings (averaging an insane 7 innings per start) while walking just 29. Also, Buchholz has already been worth 4.1 Wins Above Replacement so far this year, putting him on pace for one of the best seasons by a starting pitcher in the live ball era.
Buchholz started the season off on a tear, going 5-0 with a 1.19 ERA in April. He “struggled” a bit in May (comparatively, at least) going 2-0 with a 2.31 ERA. Many speculated that his performance was falling off a bit because of being called out on using an illegal spitball by the Blue Jays’ TV announcers. However, so far in June, he’s put all speculation to bed, going 2-0 with a 1.54 ERA so far in the month.
However, he had been dealing with some neck stiffness after his last start. He tried to throw a bullpen, but it apparently didn’t go so well, as he has been placed on the 15 day disabled list by the Red Sox, retroactive to June 9th. As a result, the Red Sox have brought up catcher Ryan Lavarnway from AAA Pawtuckett.