Clay Buchholz was the worst starting pitcher in baseball for the better part of two months. Red Sox fans where begging for Buchholz to be sent down to the minors after his dismal start to the season, but it’s safe to say that he has turned things around. Buchholz delivered on Thursday night against the Orioles, allowing just four hits in a complete game 7-0 victory. Buchholz was dropped by many fantasy owners after his ERA was over 9.00 through his first six starts. Since then Buchholz has allowed three runs or less in five out his last six starts and has an excellent 1.50 ERA. I’m not trying to throw cold water on Buchholz turnaround, I’m just not sure he is out of the woods yet.
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In other fantasy news from Thursday…..
David Freese hit a pair of homers with six RBI in Thursday’s blowout win over the Astros. Freese hit a grand slam in the seventh inning and finished off the night with a two-run shot in the ninth.
Aroldis Chapman incredible scoreless streak ended Thursday night. He finally gave up an earned run against the Pirates, which ended his scoreless streak at 35 innings dating back to last September.
Brandon McCarthy threw a gem against the Rangers on Thursday as he held the explosive lineup to one-run in seven innings.
David Price didn’t have his most dominant start of the season, but he was good enough to beat the Yankees. Price only lasted five innings, but was able to wiggle out of a bases loaded jam in the fifth.
Ryan Ludwick hit a pair of homers as well and if your looking for some pop on the free agent wire, Ludwick should be there. The issue has always been playing time for Ludwick, but it appears that is no longer an issue.
Andrew Cashner will make his first start for the Padres on Saturday. The Padres have been hinting this was going to happen. Cashner will take Eric Stults spot in the rotation. Cashner has not thrown more than 40 pitches this year and by no means is this a safe bet. Cashner has value in NL-Only leagues and deep mix leagues.
Drew Stubbs’ owners have reason for concern as his injury has been reclassified as an oblique injury. When the injury first occurred, the Reds said it was a muscle near the oblique, but not the oblique. I own Stubbs and I am concerned. The lone bright spot is Stubbs said it felt better on Thursday. Fantasy owners should not expect to see him over the weekend.
Austin Jackson went hitless as he began his rehab assignment. Jackson is expected to return to the Tigers over the weekend.
PROSPECT WATCH: Royals’ prospect, Will Myers, hit a grand slam off of Roy Oswalt on Thursday. Myers has 8 home runs and a .369 BA this season and could get a call-up after the All-Star break.