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Clay Buchholz and his 9.09 ERA will stay in the Red Sox’s rotation … for now

May 7, 2012, 10:15 AM EST

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Our own Matthew Pouliot wrote yesterday about Clay Buchholz‘s struggles and wondered how much longer the Red Sox would leave him in the rotation.

Buchholz failed to make it out of the fourth inning yesterday as his ERA rose to 9.09, but afterward manager Bobby Valentine told reporters: “I have no plans to change him at this time.”

That obviously leaves the door open for a change in the near future and Valentine did note that “Clay’s performance is not what he wanted or I wanted it to be for sure … he left a lot of pitches in a real hittable zone and gave up a lot of hard-hit balls.’’

Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe notes that Buchholz has allowed at least five earned runs in all six of his starts, but with Aaron Cook joining Daisuke Matsuzaka on the disabled list the Red Sox are almost forced to give him some more time to get back on track.

  1. plummer2512 - May 7, 2012 at 10:23 AM

    Watching him yesterday he was night and day each inning. The first inning he looked shaky giving up a run and then alot of hard hit outs. Then in the second he strikes out the side and looks like he’s on his way to a good outing then BOOM it all falls apart again in the fourth.

    He’s plain missing his spots with his pitches. Leaving pitches right over the plate and hitters aren’t missing.

    I hope he finds it soon because he’s a good pitcher and the Sox need him to turn it around ASAP.

  2. Blake - May 7, 2012 at 10:32 AM

    Luke Hochevar says hi.

  3. uyf1950 - May 7, 2012 at 10:46 AM

    If those plans for Buchholz don’t change he will be pitching Friday against the Indians. With a chance to set the record for consecutive starts giving up at least 5 ER’s at 7.

  4. aceshigh11 - May 7, 2012 at 11:36 AM

    Well that’s exciting. I guess they’re trying to see if Clay can break Lackey’s record bloated ERA from last year.

    ‘Cuz after all…ya gotta have goals.

  5. APBA Guy - May 7, 2012 at 12:23 PM

    Atlanta had the same issue with Jair Jurrgens and sent him to the minors. That’s where Buchholz needs to be. But Cook’s injury postponed that trip down for Clay by 2 starts.

  6. biasedhomer - May 7, 2012 at 6:54 PM

    I used to think Clay could become an ace, but now he seems to be just a bottom of the rotation pitcher.

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