Take a good look at this picture, Red Sox fans. It could be the last time we see John Farrell removing Clay Buchholz from the mound, at least as a starter. John Farrell, but most likely Dave Dombrowski, made the decision to move Clay Buccholz from the starting rotation to the bullpen.
With the return of Eduardo Rodriguez, the Sox had 6 pitchers and only 5 rotation spots, and Clay was the odd man out. Joe Kelly returned from his shoulder impingement and dazzled the fans with a 1 hit performance. Price, Porcello and Wright are all pitching fine, and the 5th spot was there to be won, and Buchholz lost.
We're not even 50 games into the season and you can see the difference that Dave Dombrowski is making with this team. Farrell has been known to favor the veterans over the younger kids, but that was not the case this year. Brock Holt and Travis Shaw won positions over veterans and now Dombrowski has stepped in and said enough is enough with this Buchholz guy.
My guess is that Buchholz will be used in non-pressure situations coming out of the bullpen. I highly doubt we will see Buchholz unless the scoreboard reads 8-2, either favoring the Red Sox or not. If we can't trust Buchholz to pitch 4 innings without giving up 6 runs, there's almost no chance he comes in during a tie game.
For now, it's a start. Buchholz has somehow lasted almost 10 years in this organization as a starting pitcher, and we're finally headed in the right direction with this guy. I love that Dombrowski has the cojones to see a bad situation and make the move to fix it before it's too late. And that's exactly what he's doing with Clay Buchholz.
All season long, Red Sox fans have been giddy waiting for their young lefty to return. The time has finally come, as Eduardo Rodriguez will make his 2016 debut on Tuesday night.
Althought I'm very excited about Rodriguez' return, I don't think the Sox could have picked a worse time. Although they are struggling at the moment, Rodriguez will be facing a tough Orioles lineup. I understand it's not his major league debut, but that does not mean nerves won't be a factor. Bringing Rodriguez back against a tough lineup could result in a short performance and a lot of runs, which could ruin his confidence.
However, with that argument it could also boost his confidence if he performs well. Either way, I think Red Sox Nation is just happy to see their lefty prospect return to the mound, as well as Buchholz heading to the pen.
Here is the potential lineup that Rodriguez could be facing:
RF - Rickard
SS - Machado
1B - Chris Davis
CF - Jones
C - Wieters
DH - Trumbo
2B - Schoop
LF - Kim
3B - Janish
By Matt Watts