Monday, May 4

Mid-Game Note: Buchholz Voted Pitcher of the Week

Maybe it's because the Yankees just hit back to back taters, getting right back into the game, regardless, good news is always welcome within Red Sox Nation. Which is why ITM figured we'd drop in with a quick mid-game note that Clay Buchholz was just named the International League Pitcher of the Week. Buchholz went 1-0 with a 0.79 ERA, allowing just one run in 11.1 innings while striking out 13 in two starts for Pawtucket. Opponents are batting just .153 against him for the year. In a word, solid.

I find it fitting that Buchholz gets this honor on a night where his Yankee counterpart, Phil Hughes, gets cuffed around by the Sox in the New Stadium. It represents the current difference between the Sox and Yankee farm systems.....both big league clubs have faced similar injury problems, which has forced the Yankees to rush Hughes into the rotation (which they've done in the past), while the Sox have had their choice of arms to go to, enabling them to continue to work on Clay's confidence and consistency in Triple-A....a strategy that appears to be working.

Anyways, back to the game....I'm feeling Ortiz' first tater of the season tonight (or tomorrow....sometime soon...hopefully before July 4th...which one ITM writer's opinion).

Go Sox.

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