So the lanky righthander with a Texan drawl sat at a computer, dissected video of pitchers with and without leg kicks and analyzed advanced metrics that showed how his arm slot had progressively fallen.That is, in part, why Buchholz, 32, stood in the middle of the Phillies’ clubhouse at Spectrum Field surrounded Tuesday morning by cameras and reporters before the first formal workout.He was without a role, even after almost 10 years of service at Fenway Park.He was on Boston’s roster last July but pitched twice in a 19-day span — once in a game the Red Sox lost by 19 and another they won by 11.He encountered frequent health issues in Boston; he has thrown more than 175 innings in a season just once.But the Phillies are looking for three quality months.But don't look at that and then point your wagging finger at Buchholz.He's doing his part to bring that number down, and in general he has been pitching better than you might think.
That sense of complacency, being in one spot for an extended period of time, that’s gone.” After his exile, Buchholz stopped the leg kick. He altered his release point, which had lowered over a three-year span because of shoulder pain, to its former over-the-top spot without pain.
“He just simplified his delivery,” said catcher Bryan Holaday, who is in Phillies camp and caught Buchholz a few times last August with Boston. “Celebrated two different ways, I guess,” Buchholz said.
New surroundings could benefit Buchholz, but expectations are lower.
That would be enough to flip Buchholz to a contender at the trade deadline. “I think somebody would be lying if they said they didn’t care if they were wanted or not.
Clay Buchholz may just be a young pitcher in this league but he’s already established quite a solid dating record.
In pacing the Red Sox to a 3-1 victory, Buchholz allowed just one run on five hits in eight innings. MLB.com's official Twitter feed highlighted his stats: Now, the downside is that this victory only pushed Boston's record to 35-43.