A couple weeks back on CSN's weekly Red Sox program, The Baseball Show, someone on the program stated that the only thing with Buchholz that is consistent is his inconsistency. True to form, Buchholz had an up-and-down night. Buchholz was able to get through the first two innings unscathed, which is surprising because, according to ESPN, Buchholz has allowed 61.3% of his earned runs in the first or second inning. However, Buchholz was not able to do the same thing in the third inning, as Jason Kipnis launched a three-run home run deep into the right field bleachers. Ultimately, the game would be decided by this home run, as the Red Sox offense was not able to put anything together against Corey Kluber, who looked like a former Cy Young award winner.
Many people have talked about Buchholz being designated for assignment or traded, if Boston could find a team stupid enough to take him. However, unfortunately the Red Sox need Buchholz right now. With Eduardo Rodriguez's setback, the Red Sox cannot afford to send Sean O'Sullivan or Henry Owens out to the mound every fifth day if they want to contend this season. While Buchholz is not a #2 starter, if they do not need to rely on him to be something he is not, I think this could be a decent fit for him. However, he would look really good in a Oakland, Minnesota, Cleveland, or Miami jersey too.
Buchholz can be dominant at times, and we even saw that in last night's loss to the Indians. The Indians scratched across a run later in his outing, but Buchholz retired nine of the final 12 men that he faced, and was able to get through the final two innings on only 17 pitches. Surprisingly, Buchholz, John Farrell nor the bullpen were to blame for this loss; it was the offense.
The Red Sox will be back at it tomorrow afternoon as they send Joe Kelly to the mound in his first start since his injury. As always, you can get your full game preview here.