Early in the season, Boston Red Sox pitcher Clay Buchholz looked like the Cy Young favorite.
However, injuries took their toll and Buchholz missed over three months of action.
Despite finishing with a 12-1 record and an ERA of 1.74, Buchholz has struggled in the postseason. In three games, one against the Tampa Bay Rays and two against the Detroit Tigers, Buchholz has pitched 16.2 innings and given up 10 runs.
“Right now he’s scheduled to pitch on the weekend over in St. Louis,” Red Sox manager John Farrell said in his pregame news conference at Fenway Park prior to Game 1 of the World Series via Tony Lee of ESPN Boston. “We have yet to determine whether [Jake] Peavy is in Game 4 or Game 3. Some of that will be determined on how we see the style of John Lackey go up against this team tomorrow night.”
Questions of Buchholz’s health have also come up.
“The game will dictate the restrictions. We don’t go in with a hard, fast number that he’s capable of, or anything along those lines. The one thing we have seen is when he’s started to tire it has happened relatively quick. So that’s what we have to remain aware of,” Farrell told a local Boston radio station, WEEI.
Buchholz’s last start lasted just five innings, but may have been his best of the postseason. He gave up just two runs on four hits and two walks as the Red Sox defeated the Tigers 5-2 in game 6 of the ALCS to advance to the World Series.