Tonight’s match-up fill feature Boston’s Clay Buchholz vs Chicago’s John Danks in game 2 of the Red Sox vs White Sox series. Chicago took game 1 and Boston is looking to put a few wins together to get out of the bottom of the AL East standings.
Through 1 decision so far, here is how the pitchers compare.
Record: Danks (1-0), Buchholz (0-1)
ERA: Danks (4.15), Buchholz (6.97)
Strikeouts: Danks (10), Buchholz (9)
John Danks has the edge in all the major stats through n1 game each, however, if you look at their career match-ups, Buchholz has an advantage against Chicago and Danks has not fared so well against Boston.
Clay Buchholz career vs Chicago White Sox:
John Danks career vs Boston Red Sox:
Every year, there is one player that shows up for Spring Training with something to prove. They are typically more motivated, in better shape and more eager to get on the field. This year, it looks to be Clay Buchholz.
Buchholz has been near flawless thus far in spring training and he looks like he’s bringing it!
Last season, Buchholz went 17 and 7 for the Red Sox with a 2.33 ERA. That is
pretty good… VERY GOOD! With a little more offense, from the Red Sox, he probably would have ended up with 19 or 20 wins.
If Buchholz improves on last year’s stats, it’s going to be hard to call any one pitcher an “ace” without some serious arguments! Between Beckett, Lackey, Buchholz and Lester, there is some serious competition for the Ace role. Also, Wakefield probably won’t go the entire season making starts, but he might make a couple. And don’t forget Daisuke… when he is healthy, he can be a real asset to the pitching rotation.
The Red Sox have compiled a very competitive pitching staff this year and with improvements in the bullpen, the Sox should have a pretty good defensive year!