Thursday, August 9, 2007

Buchholz possibly getting call up?

Now, we ask, what to do about Lester?

Command continues to be an issue and he struggled again Wednesday (3 1/3, 8 hits, 3 walks, 5 earned runs). The Red Sox will likely give him a few more starts to work things out, but there will have to be improvement or he will tax the bullpen too much.

Lester has a future with the Sox, but this is still a developmental year for him. He may or may not find his groove this year.

If Lester cannot get it together this season, here is one possible solution: Clay Buchholz. In his past two Pawtucket starts, Buchholz seems to have settled down (13 1/3 innings, 9 hits, 0 walks, 3 earned runs, 18 strikeouts).

Boston may get a look at Buchholz next week. He is on schedule to pitch Aug. 17, the day Boston has a day/night home doubleheader with the Angels.

Portland Press Herald

Portland stats: 16 games, 1.77 ERA, 116 strikeouts, .180 opponent's BA
Pawtucket stats: 5 games, 3.20 ERA, 39 strikeouts, .219 opponent's BA

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