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Clay Buchholz may have a “physical issue”

Oct 23, 2013, 8:40 AM EDT

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This is more of a “keep it in the back of your mind” thing, as the Red Sox say that their plans with respect to Clay Buchholz have not changed for the World Series. But Rob Bradford of WEEI reports that there is at least some question about Buchholz’s health at the moment:

While a source suggested there are some physical issues Buchholz is dealing with, there is presently nothing that the Red Sox anticipate will force an alteration to the team’s postseason rotation. Manager John Farrell, in outlining the rotation for the World Series, said that John Lackey will start Game 2 with Buchholz and Jake Peavy expected to pitch Games 3 and 4, with the order yet to be announced.

Obviously if he was suffering from some injury things would be different. As it is now, we can only note that Buchholz’s velocity has been down of late and that he has not been as dominant in the postseason as he was in the regular season. He’s allowed ten earned runs in 16.2 postseason innings so far, while striking out 15.

I sort of like the matchups for St. Louis at the moment, with Adam Wainwright and Michael Wacha going 1-2 against Jon Lester and John Lackey. If Buchholz is at his best, the advantage swings back to Boston. If not, hmmmm.

  1. cur68 - Oct 23, 2013 at 8:44 AM

    Could it be…karma?

    • stex52 - Oct 23, 2013 at 9:46 AM

      I guess if we now define “momentum” as “your next pitcher”; we will have to define “Karma” as “how you did in that last series.”

      Personally, I think it’s because he didn’t grow a beard. That put the curse on.

  2. NYTolstoy - Oct 23, 2013 at 8:56 AM

    Hope he’s alright. Will make the pitching duel that much better if he’s healthy

  3. dan46778 - Oct 23, 2013 at 9:24 AM

    That is nothing new with this guy

  4. aceshigh11 - Oct 23, 2013 at 9:24 AM

    Goddamnit. You just KNOW something is up.

    He’s capable of routinely brilliant performances, but he’s too fragile. It’s a damned shame.

  5. rickdobrydney - Oct 23, 2013 at 9:31 AM

    Correct —this is not surprising — the biggest games, the biggest stage, and he has problems —-seen this many times before—-

  6. ihatetheeffingjets - Oct 23, 2013 at 9:45 AM

    Menstrual cramps?

    • stex52 - Oct 23, 2013 at 9:51 AM

      Hating on women, are we?

  7. jbriggs81 - Oct 23, 2013 at 2:00 PM

    Perhaps the physical issue has something to do with the amount of gel that he rubs in his hair between innings, which of course he rubs after every pitch before licking his fingers and then proceeding to wipe his hand against his backside…. but don’t accuse him of cheating!!!

  8. moogro - Oct 23, 2013 at 6:51 PM

    The smart move would be put a the least effective starter against Wacha in game 2, because that game is lost.

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