Thursday, July 22, 2010
BUCCHOLZ IS RUSTOLZ
Clay Buchholz returned from the DL, but was visibly rusty. For the most part, he was fine, but a few pitches were left in juicy spots of the strike zone, and he paid for it. This was the first time Buchholz allowed multiple homeruns since September of '09.
But for me, the story of this game was the injuries deadening the lineup, along with the lack of bullpen depth the Sox have featured all season.
Apart from Adrian Beltre and his 3 RBI afternoon, the Sox offense was hardly noticeable.
The Sox continue to struggle against bad and mediocre teams. And this has me concerned as they go up to Seattle for 4 games. Think about this, the Sox are responsible for 1/5 of Baltimore's total wins this season.
But I'm sure Buchholz will be sharper in his next start. He was fresh off the DL, so the occasional knee-high fastball over the middle of the plate is excusable.
Lackey faces the 1-9 Ryan Rowland-Smith, who's Australian and has a 6.18 ERA, mate.