Red Sox Nation is holding its collective breath, today. Clay Buchholz, once our most promising and exciting up-and-comer, had a decidedly off 2012 – worst in most every major pitching statistic since the half-season that was his rookie campaign. More painful still was his performance against our eternal Yankee rivals, last year. In his two starts against New York (combining for less than 8 total innings), he allowed 8 HR’s and 13 total earned runs, thus posting an ERA above 15.00. And, he’ll be taking the mound in Yankee Stadium, tonight.
However, there’s plenty of reason for optimism. The Yankees’ starting lineup has been decimated by injury: Alex Rodriguez, Mark Teixeira, Derek Jeter and Curtis Anderson are all on the disabled list. Off-season free agency stole several more of their offensive components, as well. Those facts, in tandem with Buchholz’s extremely impressive Spring Training performance, has the Nation abuzz with rekindled enthusiastic anticipation. Is some retribution in store? Tune in to ESPN at 7:00PM tonight to find out.