The pressure is on the Boston Red Sox’ Clay Buchholz to deliver in a big way in Game 4 of the World Series, especially now that the Red Sox are down 2-1 after Saturday’s controversial 5-4 loss with the bizarre ending. Regardless of how that game ended, if Buchholz doesn’t come through and give the Red Sox the win they need, Boston can forget about its title hopes.
There’s no way that the Red Sox can beat the St. Louis Cardinals if they’re down 3-1, even if they can win Game 5 and take it back to Fenway Park. The Cardinals are too good to lose three games in a row. Boston must win on Sunday. That’s where Buchholz comes into the picture. He’s not the pitcher the Red Sox may have preferred to throw in such a key situation, but it does not look like they have a choice.
Buchholz had complained of general fatigue in his pitching shoulder, and it was decided he wouldn’t start until Game 4. He missed three months during the regular season with ailments in his neck and shoulder. In his four September starts, he was at 5.40 ERA in 16.2 innings, allowing 19 hits and three home runs. Buchholz insists his arm fatigue isn’t that serious and it will be fine by Game 4. It’s going to have to be.
Manager John Farrell has expressed confidence in Buchholz to not only be ready to pitch a strong game for Boston, but to get a win. It’s a gamble of sorts and if he’s not ready, Buchholz could get scratched at the last minute. Many Red Sox fans might be hoping he doesn’t pitch. For now, he’s Boston’s main hope to keep their World Series title hopes alive.