Kingctb27 wrote:Hey, say what you want about the Avatar, but I'm not biased to Buchholz because he plays for the Red Sox. It's a matter of (As yoda pointed out) that Joba hasn't been a starter in almost a year, and let's face it but he can't continue to have that horrible WHIP and get guys out like he has been.
It's not a knock on Joba at all because I like him alot as well and depending on how his pitches and demeanor develop he could be better than Clay on a long term basis, but at this point you have to like Buchholz, IMO.
That hammer curve is always going to be an awesome out pitch for Buchholz and while Joba's slider is great as well, I just don't think he knows how to use it as well as Clay can with the hammer...
I see your point about Joba but I'm not sure if I agree. I've watched most of his starts and what he is lacking is consistency right now, hence the high number of BB's that usually come in bunches. Also, a lot of the hits he's been giving up are just great hitting by someone or weakly hit bloopers and singles that fall in. So he puts a fair number of men on base but because he is so dominant, he's able to get out of trouble: i.e. Kazmir, Wood, Lincecum, or any young dominant pitchers with a high K rate and WHIP.
I think Joba will continue to improve and we'll start seeing more great outings versus crappy ones.
As far as Buchholz is concerned, it will come down to his fastball. Hitters will simply sit on his fastball and hammer it if he is not consistent with it.
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