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Friday, August 17, 2018

2018 FANTASY BASEBALL STATUS REPORT: CLAY BUCHHOLZ SP ARIZONA DIAMONDBACKS

Well this has been one buy low flier that has worked out nicely.  Such has been the case when it comes to the 2018 marriage between veteran starter Clay Buchholz and the Arizona Diamondback as both sides have been surprisingly rewarded with some terrific results to this point in the season.  The latest came Thursday night when the 34-year-old Buchholz gave up five hits and one run in a complete game victory over the San Diego Padres; while also striking out six and not walking a batter.  Left for dead after some truly hideous 2016 (4.78 ERA) and 2017 (12.27 ERA while battling injuries), Buchholz has shown that he retains some of the talent that made him such a top prospect back in his easy Boston Red Sox days.  After last nights outing, Buchholz now sits with the following numbers:

6-2
2.47 ERA
1.07 WHIP
.223 BAA
7.52 K/9
1.97 BB/9
0.99 HR/9
.258 BABIP

Since we are now past 73 innings pitched on the season, Buchholz is moving beyond the small sample size aspect to the numbers.  What Buchholz has really impressed with so far is the spotless control and that is crucial since it was always a problem for him in that area back when he was striking out a bunch of guys with the Red Sox.  Home runs remain somewhat of a red flag and a .258 BABIP is clearly on the lucky side but Buchholz is getting results on a good D-Backs team.  What is also important regarding the control is the fact that Buchholz IS showing his age with the fastball in that his average of 90.7 is a career-low and way down from even 93.3 in 2015.  So it is imperative that Buchholz remains spotless with his control to maintain the good ratios which is certainly not a given but for now, take him on a start-by-start basis given what we have seen. 


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