After several somewhat disheartening fantasy baseball seasons, Boston Red Sox SP Clay Buchholz has finally started to look like an ace. The right-hander is entering his sixth year in Beantown and this seems to be the year where he puts it all together.
Buchholz has won all six of his starts this season, but more importantly he has completely shutout opposing batters. He has a sparkling 0.96 WHIP to go along with an American League leading 1.01 ERA. Buchy has been simply unhittable so far this season and has quickly earned the title as Boston’s fantasy ace.
Buchholz is currently leading the majors with 44.3 inning pitched and has lasted seven innings in every outing this season. He has never gone over 189 innings in his six previous seasons, but he seems like a lock to go over the 200-inning plateau in 2013.
The veteran is also fanning a career-high number of batters. He is currently striking out 9.47 batters through nine innings, which is even more impressive considering he hasn’t gone over 6.65 in the last four years. Buchholz has pitched like an All-Star and his confidence on the mound has gone through the roof.
Buchholz was once a laughable fantasy pitcher, but he has quietly matured into a reliable starter. He may not be a number one option all fantasy season, but he is clearly capable of being a strong second starter.
Spitball, or no spitball, Buchholz is dominating fantasy right now.