According to several accounts, Boston Red Sox starting pitcher Clay Buchholz is breaking a Major League Baseball rule by taking a tremendous amount of time between his pitches, which is averaging between 18 and 22 seconds so far tonight in Game Six.
The rule, officially known as Rule 8.04, reads as follows:
When the bases are unoccupied, the pitcher shall deliver the ball to the batter within 12 seconds after he receives the ball. Each time the pitcher delays the game by violating this rule, the umpire shall call “Ball.”
Several times tonight, Buchholz has taken a considerable amount of time between pitches, drawing ire from spectators and social media alike.
During the regular season, the Red Sox right-hander went 12-1 with a 1.74 earned run average, but he has failed to repeat that dominance during the postseason. In the ALCS, Buchholz made just one start prior to tonight, tossing 5 2/3 innings and allowing five earned runs on eight hits.
With plenty of time left in the game, we’ll see if the umpire crew or Major League Baseball cracks down on his slow play.