Tomorrow Clay Buchholz takes what could be his best and last shot this season at making folks use his name and the word “ace” in the same sentence.

It’s been a while which means his timing could not be much worse.

Buchholz’ omission is made even more glaring since the talk of this American League Championship Series has been the brilliance of the starting pitching ­— and nobody’s been talking about Buchholz at all.
Lost in the giddiness of the epic rally that began with David Ortiz’ game-tying grand slam in Game 2 was the alarming fact that Buchholz had put the Red Sox in a 5-0 hole by the sixth inning. He was not all that sharp in Game 3 of the Division Series against the Rays either giving up three runs in his six innings in the one loss the Red Sox suffered.

Just as the Red Sox survived three months of no Buchholz this summer when he was hurt they now are one win away from the World Series almost in spite of his presence.

The chatter is going to continue to be about the aces and Buchholz wants to be included in the conversation.

“Being able to come back and get that win in Game 2 it made it a lot less stressful to come out here and play here in their home turf for three games” said Buchholz before last night’s 4-3 Sox victory in Game 5. “There’s a lot that goes into it but I’m excited to get back out there. It feels like it’s been three weeks since I pitched. Doing all the work in between right now trying to find ways to get better.”

Buchholz has a lot of room to improve. He allowed home runs to both Miguel Cabrera and Alex Avila while Victor Martinez the Tigers’ best hitter right now doubled off him twice.
That’s the opposite of domination.