FROM CLAY TO CY?
As the month of August draws to a close, it’s time to start thinking about postseason honors. Other than maybe Adrian Beltre, there’s really only one Red Sox player with the chops to take home one of the big pieces of hardware. Clay Buchholz has to be one of the top three candidtes for American League Cy Young honors. This has been a great year for Buchholz. Last winter, he married his sweetheart, Lindsay Clubine. As sweet as she is beautiful, Lindsay was Girl #26 on the game show “Deal or No Deal.” Earlier this summer, the couple welcomed daughter Colbi to the world, too. Off the field, Buchholz has anything a man could want. He’s pretty close between the lines as well. Clay is 15-5 with a league leading earned run average of 2.26 for the season. There are really only a couple of other candidates who are in his league. C.C. Sabathia of the Yankees is 17-5 with an ERA of 3.02 and Tampa’s David Price is also 15-5 with a 2.97 ERA. Buchholz hasn’t allowed an earned run in 23.1 innings and hasn’t surrendered a run at all in 20 innings.
Not only did Buch beat the Blue Jays on Sunday, but he also whipped Mother Nature. Clay outlasted rain delays of 1:44 and 59 minutes to fire 6 shutout frames at the Jays. Having watched him grow over the last couple of years, I’m relatively certain he wouldn’t have been able to turn that trick in the past. He is now among the elite in the American League. I suspect that the modest Texan would refute that claim. A Cy Young Award would confirm it. It would also look very nice in his home with his new wife and baby.
Sunday was a good day for the PawSox. They swept a doubleheader from Buffalo 9-2 and 7-5. The wins put a damper on the playoff hopes of the Bisons. Buffalo is a staggering 17-5 in their last 22 games. The PawSox can take credit for 4 of the 5 Buffalo losses. After the game, the club (and radio announcers) were treated to a delicious steak and lobster btail dinner, courtesy of Pawtucket Red Sox owner, Ben Mondor. The feast came with salad, side dishes and luscious desserts. Ben is extremely generous with the guys. The radio guys are just happy to get the scraps. In this case, it was far more than scraps. Surf and Turf in Buffalo!