Boston Red Sox (Buchholz 0-1, 5.74) at Houston Astros (Fiers 1-1, 6.48), 4:05pm ET Saturday on FS1
In his second start in the bigs, Clay Buchholz threw a no-hitter. He then had a couple of seasons pitching kinda meh… Then, in 2010, he made the All-Star team and finished 6th in the CY Young balloting. This was followed by an injury-plagued season in 2011; another meh… season in 2012; another All-Star selection in 2013, a season that was tainted with rumors of ball doctoring before it was cut short by injury; 2014 saw him pitch more than 110 innings for just the third time, but it also saw him post a 5.34 ERA, worst in the American League among qualifiers. And 2015 was another not bad, but injury-shortened year in which he had a 3.26 ERA over just 18 starts. So far, 2016 is shaping up to be a microcosm of Buchholz’s career, as in his first two starts he lasted a total of 9 innings and gave up 10 runs on 11 hits and 6 walks, but in his last start he went 6 ⅔, and allowed 0 runs, but K’ed just 2 batters, and the Sox still lost 4-3.
This has not been a great year for Mike Fiers. In his best start, a 6-inning, 3-run effort against the Royals, he got the loss in a 3-2 game. More recently, against the Tigers, Fiers lasted 5 ⅔ innings, and gave up 4 runs on 7 hits, while striking out 5, but surrendering 3 homers. Fiers is currently tied for most home runs allowed in the Majors, but is also leading all of baseball in fewest walks per 9 innings, and has the highest strikeout-to-walk ratio – it would appear he’s getting a little too much of the plate.
Here’s the action from the FOX Sports Regional Networks across the land for Best of Live TV Beta Multi-Stream subscribers:
Minnesota Twins (Hughes 1-2, 4.42) at Washington Nationals (Roark 1-2, 3.71), 1:05pm ET on FOX Sports North
Tampa Bay Rays (Ramirez 3-0, 1.42) at New York Yankees (Tanaka 1-0, 3.06), 1:05pm ET on FOX Sports Sun & YES
Cleveland Indians (Kluber 0-3, 6.16) at Detroit Tigers (Sanchez 2-1, 4.60), 1:10pm ET on FOX Sports Detroit & SportsTime Ohio
Texas Rangers (Lewis 1-0, 4.00) at Chicago White Sox (Rodon 1-2, 4.72), 2:10pm ET on FOX Sports Southwest
Chicago Cubs (Lackey 3-0, 3.66) at Cincinnati Reds (Straily 0-0, 2.70), 7:10pm ET on FOX Sports Cincinnati
New York Mets (Matz 1-1, 7.27) at Atlanta Braves (Chacin WL0-0, 2.38), 7:10pm ET on FOX Sports South
Philadelphia Phillies (Morton 1-1, 3.86) at Milwaukee Brewers (Anderson 1-1, 2.25), 7:10pm ET on FOX Sports Wisconsin
Baltimore Orioles (Worley 1-0, 5.06) at Kansas City Royals (Medlen 1-0, 2.38), 7:15pm ET on FOX Sports Kansas City
Pittsburgh Pirates (Nicasio 2-1, 4.80) at Arizona Diamondbacks (De La Rosa 1-1, 8.80), 8:10pm ET on FOX Sports Arizona
St. Louis Cardinals (Wacha 1-0, 2.76) at San Diego Padres (TBD), 8:40pm ET on FOX Sports Midwest & FOX Sports San Diego
Miami Marlins (Fernandez 1-1, 3.78) at San Francisco Giants (Peavy 0-1, 9.00), 9:05pm ET on FOX Sports Florida
Seattle Mariners (Iwakuma 0-2, 4.50) at Los Angeles Angels (Santiago 1-0, 2.61), 9:05pm ET on FOX Sports West
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