Clay Buchholz was absolutely lights out in the beginning of the season for the Boston Red Sox. He seemed to really be blossoming into that top starter that could help anchor the rotation all season long. For a little while, it looked as if he could potentially start the All-Star game, as he was that dominating. However, then he got injured and that had been the last Red Sox Nation had seen of him on the mound for the last three months. That is, until Tuesday night when he makes his return against the Tampa Bay Rays.
His return could not come at a better time. Boston is heading into the stretch run and is looking to clinch a spot in the postseason. Having a healthy Buchholz would go a very long way in potentially going deep in October. Buchholz has not looked all that great in his rehab starts, however, he has felt fine and has not re-injured himself, so at least that appears promising. If he can be anything like how he was in the beginning of the season, a threesome of himself, Jon Lester and Jake Peavy could be absolutely devastating in a short series.
Pitching is what dominates in October and sometimes, if you have a pitcher who goes on a hot streak at just the right time, he can take you right to the end and win it all. Josh Beckett was just like that in 2007, and, going way back, so was Bob Gibson in 1968. If Buchholz can pick up where he left off, this could be great news for the Red Sox.
Just please don’t get hurt again.