With a seven and a half game lead in the American League East division with only 17 games to play, the Red Sox did not need Buchholz back to help the team with a postseason push. Instead, Boston would like to see the ace knock some rust off and prepare to help the team dominate in the playoffs. Buchholz should focus on getting back to where he was prior to being placed on the disabled list. Winning games is still important, but working on pitch count and consistency is where his focus needs to be.
“As of right now, I hopefully have four starts left in the season,” Buchholz said, according to RedSox.com. “The goal for those is to keep winning and get ready for the starts in October. That’s when everything really matters. We’ve got to get there first. But I want to make sure I’m ready for that. That’s the only goal I have in my head right now, is to be ready.”
Buchholz has not taken the mound in the majors since June 8 because he was placed on the 15-day disabled list with a neck strain. At the time, it was very disappointing because Buchholz was playing at such a high level. The Red Sox still have confidence that he will pitch well in his last few starts of the regular season, but at the same time, it will be understandable if he is not immediately back to where he was.
Buchholz is 9-0 with a 1.71 earned run average and 81 strikeouts in 84 1/3 innings this season.