This ALCS between the Boston Red Sox and Detroit Tigers was for the most part, an incredibly well-pitched series from both teams, especially from Detroit. There is one pitcher that has not pitched well, however — that would be Clay Buchholz.
Between the series with the Tampa Bay Rays and Detroit, he has given up 15 hits over 11.1 innings. In Game 2 against the Tigers, he proceeded to give up five runs in five and a third innings. He has not looked particularly sharp at all during this postseason. This is the pitcher who was projected to be Boston’s ace, or at the very least their no. 2 starter.
Without question, Buchholz has the best stuff of any starting pitcher in Boston’s rotation. He can be absolutely dominating and can carve up a lineup as well as any other premier starter at times. Yet, none of that seems to translate into the postseason where he has never won.
Jon Lester and Jon Lackey in particular have both pitched very well in the ALCS. Jake Peavy didn’t pitch well in this series but did great in the clinching game against Tampa Bay. Right now, Buchholz could be considered Boston’s most inconsistent and worst starter.
Boston could really use Buchholz to stepping it up and pitching like the way he did during the regular season. Ryan Dempster or Felix Doubront, who were moved out of the rotation, have been more consistent out of the bullpen and could probably have performed as starters like Buchholz has.
He did look a lot sharper in Game 6. Hopefully, that is a sign of things to come. Potential can only get one so far.