The Buck stops here
There will be no ERA title for Clay Buchholz. His 2010 season has come to an end. The Red Sox have scratched Buchholz from Saturday’s scheduled start because of lower back stiffness.
Veteran knuckleballer Tim Wakefield will instead make the start, in pursuit of career win No. 194, and No. 180 with the Red Sox.
As for Buchholz, he had a tremendous season. The numbers speak for themselves — a 17-7 record, a 2.33 ERA and a .226 opponents batting average. Buchholz would have had a chacne to win the ERA title. Instead, it will go to Cy Young favorite Felix Hernandez, who is at 2.27 and won’t pitch again this year.