On today’s episode of Globe 10.0, Bob Ryan and Chad Finn debate what the Red Sox should do with Clay Buchholz after his strong outing Friday in Toronto. Should the Red Sox trade a pitcher (Brad Penny perhaps?) and create a spot for Buchholz? Or should they let Buchholz continue to develop in Pawtucket and wait for a big league opportunity to present itself?
“I think he’s going to be a significant part of this rotation before the season’s over,” predicts Finn. “You look at what he did in Pawtucket this year. And Brad Penny’s notorious for falling apart in the second half…I think [Penny’s] a National League pitcher by the time Aug. 1 rolls around.”
Buchholz was 7-2 with a 2.36 ERA in 16 starts with Pawtucket before making a spot start with the Red Sox Friday. The start, Sox manager Terry Francona said last week, was a one-time appearance to allow the team to set its starting rotation after the All-Star Break.
But Buchholz pitched well, giving up one run in 5 2/3 innings against the Blue Jays. And the way he’s handled himself in Triple A, Buchholz looks to be creating a good kind of problem for the Sox.
Says Ryan, “They do truly have a glut of starting pitching. Dice-K’s lurking out there…They may be the only team in baseball that can make the following statement: ‘Where are we going to put all of our qualified starting pitchers?'”
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