His big brothers are gone. He had to stand on his own two feet. He needed to step up and be the leader of Boston’s pitching staff.
Faced with all of the above, Clay Buchholz threw up all over himself.
How disappointing this had to be for the Red Sox that Buchholz blew two three-run leads, threw 114 pitches and allowed five walks in five innings. He left in a 7-7 tie in an eventual 8-7 loss to the Yankees.
Jon Lester and John Lackey were Buchholz’s mentors. As long as they were around, Buchholz could always slouch into that No. 3 role, and look up at Lester and Lackey and go along for the ride. That is no longer the case.
Buchholz is a talented pitcher, but if you don’t perform, what good is it?
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