After hearing the news Clay Buchholz was not willing to talk about his move to the bullpen.
“I got moved to the bullpen, write it down.” Clay said.
Although Clay disagrees with manager John Farrell’s decision to move him to the pen and have Eduardo Rodriguez take his spot in the rotation it is what’s best for the team.
In Clay’s last 10 starts he has allowed a total of 40 earned runs and in six of those games he allowed five or more earned runs. Buck just hasn’t been able to get back to his 2013 self when he went 12-1. This year Buchholz has a rough ERA of 6.35 and a record of 2-5. Although he has had a solid career record of 75-56.
Maybe Buchholz will find his way again in the bullpen. Or at least show he has some value to be traded.
Steven Wright found his way in the bullpen and is now doing well in the rotation as he has been one of the best starters the Sox have to kick off the year. Who knows, maybe a trip to the pen will do Buch some good.
On the other hand having Erod back should help out the rotation.
At the start of Spring Training the Sox were thinking Erod could even be the Number 2 starter behind David Price. However after Rodriguez went down with an injury Buchholz was named the 2nd starter.
Erod went 10-6 with an era of 3.85 last year, which is pretty solid for a rookie and gave hope to Red Sox Nation for the future. Eduardo is now set to make his first start of the year on Tuesday May 31st against the Orioles, his old team. What’s amazing is that Rodriguez made his MLB debut nearly exactly a year ago and at 23 is factored into the Sox rotation so highly–given his amazing stuff though it’s no surprise.
If Erod can figure some things out as he gains experience he may figure out to be that bump the Sox need to get over the Orioles who they are neck and neck with at the top of the rotation.