Oh wait, the Major League club is playing tonight? The one that can’t buy a clutch hit to save its life (or its shrinking division lead)? The one that can’t get seven innings from a starter anymore, and when it does, squanders the opportunity against junkballing journeymen with ERAs of 6? Well, if you want to subject yourself to watching Kason Gabbard face Brian Bannister — and then actually commenting on it, be my guest.
We’ll turn our sights south, to Pawtucket. Do you really need to be told why? Clay Buchholz, Red Sox megaprospect, hottest thing since
Brian Rose Carl Pavano Roger Clemens, makes his AAA debut. You want to talk about filthy? We’ll crib from Firebrand:
What really overshadows everything else that can be said about Clay Buchholz, though, is the absolute chop-swath he cut through AA: in 15 starts, he recorded a 7-2 record while pitching 86.2 innings. He recorded a remarkable 116 strikeouts while walking only 22, and allowed just 55 hits for a WHIP of 0.89 to go along with his 1.77 ERA. That strikeout to walk ratio of 5.27 is a good deal better than anybody on the current active roster … . And he has posted similar numbers all throughout his tour of the minor leagues: last year he spent the bulk of the season in short-season single A ball, where he went 9-4 with a 2.62 ERA and 1.04 WHIP and a strikeout/walk ratio of 4.03. What little time he spent at single A at the end of last year he was even better: he won two of his three starts, posting a 1.13 ERA and 0.88 WHIP with a strikeout/walk ratio of 5.75. Basically, this kid has killed at every level.
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