Lester and Buchholz get lumped together as the Lost Boys of the Red Sox rotation. But that is not entirely accurate. Lester certainly had a career-worst campaign last year, but Buchholz was better than his numbers (11-8, 4.56 earned run average) would indicate.
Sandwiched between a horrific start returning from a back injury and a flailing finish, Buchholz was 8-2 with a 2.69 earned run average in 15 starts from May 11 to Aug. 16.
“Yeah, you know, I don’t feel any different than I did last year. It was just little things that didn’t go right,” said Buchholz, now sporting a microscopic 0.64 ERA.
Everything looks different about this Red Sox team so far. The team is throwing fans one big changeup.
The Sox are back in town, and they’ve brought hope with them.