Lest you think those are fluky results-based statistical variations, his FIP was similarly volatile: 4.01 in 2014, 2.68 in 2015, 5.06 in 2016. Well, other than that Clay Buchholz is inconsistent, I’m not really sure.Ben Buchanan at Red Sox blog Over The Monster wrote something of a eulogy for Buchholz in the middle of 2016 that contained the following summaries of his career to date: We dreamed on his potential, celebrated his dramatic arrival, and excused his growing pains in 2008, looking forward to the great times to come.Now that we’re just weeks away from settling down with these guys every day, the hope is that this series has provided a requisite introduction in preparation for the coming season.Clay Buchholz – RHP Born: 8/14/1984 – entering age-32 season Height: 6’3? 2016: 139.1 IP, 4.78 ERA, 15.8 K%, 9.4 BB%, 95 ERA MLB Career: 1167.2 IP, 3.96 ERA, 18.3 K%, 8.5 BB%, 109 ERA Contract Status: Entering the final year of a seven-year, .75 million contract signed with the Boston Red Sox in 2011.In his eight second-half starts, he threw 45.1 innings with a 2.98 ERA, 18.5 strikeout percentage, 8.2 walk percentage, and a 3.70 FIP.Though he is on the wrong side of 30, his velocity has basically held steady throughout his career to this point, and has virtually been unchanged since 2012.What has changed has been his pitch usage both over his career and over the course of 2016.
He had a 5.34 ERA in 2014, followed by a 3.26 ERA in 2015, and a 4.78 ERA in 2016.
This post is the last of a weekly series which has run each Thursday.
Over the offseason, we took a deep dive look at new members of the Phillies roster.
He followed that up with 81.2 second-half innings with a 2.20 ERA.
His 2.33 ERA on the season was second in the American League to Felix Hernandez and earned him a sixth-place finish in AL Cy Young Award voting.