Commentary

Buchholz, Wood should be in The Show

Updated: May 14, 2009, 11:18 AM ET
By Kevin Goldstein | Baseball Prospectus

Wasting time: Part I

Clay Buchholz, RHP, Red Sox (Triple-A Pawtucket)
Wednesday's stats: 8 IP, 4 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 11 K
Look, I know the team is 21-13, but four Red Sox starters have ERAs over 6. Whatever was wrong with Buchholz last year, be it confidence, mechanics or any other theory thrown out there, it's seemingly fixed now; in his last four starts, he's given up 10 hits over 26 1/3 innings while striking out 32 and walking four. I don't care what kind of silly translation you want to use, that's definitely an ERA lower than 6 in the big leagues.

Wasting time: Part II

Brandon Wood, SS, Angels (Triple-A Salt Lake)
Wednesday's stats: 3-for-4, 2B, 2 HR (8), 3 R, 3 RBI, BB
Yes, Wood just showed up here recently, but this is getting ridiculous; he's now batting .351/.439/.877 (average/on-base/slugging) with eight home runs in 57 at-bats. Take into account intangibles, defense and anything else you want, and you still can't explain why Chone Figgins and/or Erick Aybar are playing every day over this guy.

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