Buchholz went 12-1 with an unthinkable 1.74 ERA and 1.02 WHIP in 16 starts last season. He was forced to miss months in 2013 with a shoulder injury, but he was an elite fantasy option when he was on the bump. Naturally, many owners took a shot on him hoping he could regain some of that 2013 magic.
Unfortunately, Buchholz has pitched dreadfully throughout the 2014 season.
Through four starts, Buchholz has been an utter mess. He currently owns a disastrous 7.71 ERA with a WHIP that is nearly at 2.00 (1.93). Not to mention that opposing hitters are hitting .375 off him. Buchholz has even allowed four home runs through his first four starts, which is the total he has in 2013 in 16 starts.
During his start on Monday, Buchy lasted only 2.1 innings. He allowed six earned runs on seven hits and one walk. His fastball has looked extremely slow, though, and it was very hittable in this outing. He was only clocked in at 90 MPH a handful of times and his heater has lost a lot of life this season.
Buchholz obviously isn’t worth dropping, considering how high he was drafted, but his performance this season hasn’t been very promising. The veteran has simply not looked the same this season. He hasn’t built up enough strength in his arm this spring and it has taken a major toll on his arm this fantasy season.
If you have Buchholz on your roster, it looks like it is going to be a bumpy season.