When Clay Buchholz is on, he’s ON.
The Boston Red Sox pitcher has proven that statement many times, delivering exceptional performances like his Opening Day gem against the Philadelphia Phillies. Yet Buchholz also has days when he struggles, as evidenced by his nightmarish next outing against the New York Yankees.
Boston’s entire staff has battled inconsistency this season, but in Buchholz’s case, the Sox know he has the stuff to deliver a solid performance every time he takes the mound. So, what does right-hander need to do to make this happen?
According to former Red Sox great Jim Rice, the answer is a subtle one.
“I think it’s more of a feel,” Rice said Friday before Buchholz’s start against the Seattle Mariners. “It could be the mental part, but I think it’s more of a feel. Some pitchers, when they go out there, everything’s got to be right. And if it’s not right, they don’t feel good, everything is out of whack.”
Hear more from Rice on Buchholz in the video above.
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