Clay Buchholz Gets Nod For Opener

by Frank Pimentel | Posted on Sunday, March 29th, 2015
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The Boston Red Sox open the 2015 season on the road as they play the Philadelphia Phillies in an interleague showdown, and Clay Buchholz will be getting the nod for the Sox. This marks the first Opening Day start for the 30-year-old and this will also mark the first time in his eight year career that Buchholz will face the Phillies. Manager John Farrell made the official announcement Sunday morning and said “this is his time.”

Buchholz, much like his team, struggled mightily on the hill in 2014. The righty posted a 5.34 ERA and a 8-11 record in 28 starts last season. He was a nightmare on the mound and Boston hopes he has worked through his issues both on and off the hill and turned the page to 2015.

During points of his career, Buchholz has had electric stuff in his arsenal and no one in the game has been better than him during those stretches. Unfortunately, those are few and far between. His career year was in 2010 when he posted a 17-7 record with a 2.33 ERA. He was heading in that direction to start 2013 as well, before a shoulder issue sidelined him for almost the entire second half. Buchholz finished the 2013 season at 12-1 with a 1.74 ERA. Buchholz even managed to battle through his shoulder fatigue and start Game 4 of the World Series, where he threw 4 shutout innings before turning it over to the pen.

If Manager John Farrell can channel the Clay Buchholz we saw in the first half of ’13, then all of the speculation about this team’s lack of an Ace will be thrown out the window. If he cannot, and we see the same Clay as in 2014, then the Red Sox are in serious trouble.

Farrell also added that Rick Porcello would start Game 2 of the season for Boston with the rest of the rotation to be determined. Porcello is perhaps the best, most proven and definitely the most consistent starter on the staff. He was acquired from the Detroit Tigers after a career year where he went 15-13 with a 3.43 ERA last season. The trend for Porcello will continue upwards in 2015, in my opinion, as he is entering a contract year. I have projected Porcello to win 18 games and post a sub 3 earned run average this season, as well as being a pivotal piece on this Red Sox team and their resurgence from the basement of the American League East.

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Frank is a passionate baseball fan and writer. Aspiring baseball front office executive. Follow Frank on Twitter @FrankBostonTank.

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