Thursday, April 7, 2016

Clay Buchholz: The Mental Midget


Clay Buchholz was dominant in his first start last season. It was Opening Day against the Phillies and he looked like an ace. I was not fooled then and last night didn't shock me. Here is a blog post I did last year on April 29th. What I wrote is as true now as it was then. It is also some great advice for some of you who can't stand to watch Clay pitch. Here it is:
April 29th, 2015
As I went through my twitter timeline last night I saw a lot of angry tweets from Red Sox fans as they endured watching Clay Buchholz pitch. It made me sigh in relief. I used to be one of those people. Those days are gone. I officially gave up on Clay Buchholz ever becoming a top pitcher last year. Curt Schilling has been saying this for a while now, he has the stuff just not anything in between his ears.
Opening Day did make me raise my eyebrows a bit, I even thought to myself that maybe I was wrong. Maybe the role as "ace" will transform his fragile head. Nope. Clay is the classic front runner. He is great when he is feeling great, all his pitches are working and the umps are giving him the calls. Give him a just a little adversity and he folds like a cheap suit. Much like the Daisuke Matsuzaka era, I can't stand even to watch Clay pitch. I did watch Opening Day, only because it was Opening Day. However, I make a conscious choice not to watch games in which he pitches. I still follow the score on twitter and my various MLB apps, but I am not going to subject myself to watching him throw a pitch from the mound. It is excruciating. The good news is that when he does get shelled early and the bullpen is called early, I can start watching the game and catch a good bit of it like last night for example. Give up on him Red Sox fans, it will make games like last night easier to deal with, it has for me. As for the angry tweets, stop them. It is a lost cause. The funny ones? Keep those coming.

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