Buchholz Likes Pitching In Toronto, And Everywhere Else Right Now
Clay Buchholz, hottest pitcher in baseball.
The Red Sox right-hander was dealing again on Wednesday, punching out eight Blue Jays and allowing just two hits over seven scoreless innings of work.
Just like he has all year, Buchholz looked dominant from the very beginning.
Buchholz has retired 9 in a row and 11 of 12. Three baserunners have reached after 6 -- two walks and single -- and no runner has reached 2B— Sean McAdam(@Sean_McAdam) May 2, 2013
As if the Blue Jays didn't have their work cut out for them already, Buchholz says Rogers Centre is his favorite park to pitch in because of its mound. [Chris Toman, MLB.com]
The 28-year-old improved to 7-2 lifetime with a 1.49 ERA at Rogers Centre, the best mark among pitchers who have thrown at least 55 innings there.
He looked right at home on this 81-mph curveball to strikeout out Edwin Encarnacion in the fourth.
One of the things that makes Buchholz so good is his array of pitches.
According to Brooks Baseball, he threw 20 cutters, 19 curveballs, and 13 changeups against the Blue Jays.
He threw fastballs as hard as 96 mph while keeping Blue Jays off balance with curveballs in the low 80s. He finished the night with nine swinging strikes.
Ross on Buchholz: "You don't see too many guys throw right-on-right changeups to the heart of the order and he's doing it in 0-0 counts."— Chris Toman (@Chris_Toman) May 2, 2013
Jose Bautista was left flat-footed in the sixth by the ridiculous late movement on this 96-mph heater.
Buchholz certainly looks for real this year. He has 47 strikeouts in 44 2/3 innings and has recorded at least eight Ks in four of his six starts.
You can't stop Clay Buchholz. You can only hope to contain him— jasoncollette (@jasoncollette) May 2, 2013
More via @Chris_Toman: Buchholz has gone seven-plus innings in each outing this year (all quality starts) and has not allowed more than two runs in any start (good for a 1.01 ERA).
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