You know your good when you receive recognition despite having a losing record. With a 0-1 record and a 5.51 ERA, Clay Bucholz was named Amica Pitcher of the week after allowing just four earned runs over 12 innings in two starts.
Amica must be short on candidates, because Bucholz has been anything but rewarding through three starts this season. The righty has allowed 26 hits in 16 1/3 innings pitched and a .351 opponent batting average. After a rough start against the Brewers, you would hope his ERA would drop after the 12.46 he started with.
Either that or the guys at Amica are indebted to the Sox for the stupid “Amica Pitch Zone.”
I guess the Red Sox could use any positive recognition with the way the team has played so far. If Amica is the key for Bucholz to toss a multi-strikeout game, more power to him. Bucholz has looked better in his last two starts, but by his standards would probably call it average. He did however toss 109 pitches against the White Sox, so as long as he stays strong and healthy you can expect more quality innings.
A healthy Bucholz might give him some better rewards, and give the Red Sox big dividends. Let us pray that Bucholz continues to progress to the talent we all have come to know and love.