There is a saving grace every July, and that saving grace is that no matter how difficult a team is to watch, they will always send at least one player to the all-star game. Currently on this Red Sox team the only player that looks like an all-star is Clay Buchholz. The 30-year old has been voted into the all-star game twice, in 2010 and 2013 before but has never pitched in the game due to injuries.
The Red Sox typically have a few shoe ins for the all-star game, Dustin Pedroia and David Ortiz but both are having less than average years and are more than 1.5 million votes behind the current leaders of their position.
While the Red Sox team currently has a record of 24-29, Buchholz appears to have turned a corner after a rough start to the year. While he is 2-3 in his last five starts, he has delivered five quality starts and has allowed only eight earned runs in 37 innings. He has brought his ERA down from an abysmal 5.73 down to an appropriate 3.82. In his last five starts Buchholz has struck out 30 batters, and has walked only eight batters. On Tuesday night Buchholz put in his best outing of the season, pitching eight scoreless innings of three hit baseball. With the outing Buchholz dropped his ERA down 0.51 points, the third biggest drop he has had the entire season.
It appears that Buchholz had turned a corner, and is really working hard to become the "ace" that everyone hoped that he would be. If he could get a little more help from the offense he could have been 5-0 in his last five starts instead of 2-3.
What are your thoughts about Buchholz, has he turned a corner? Could this be the Buchholz we thought we had in 2013 before the neck injury? Leave your comments below or let me know on twitter.