St. Louis, MO, United States (4E Sports) – Despite a question in his durability this postseason, the Boston Red Sox will rely on Clay Buchholz to carry them to victory in Game 4 of the World Series Sunday.
Trailing 2-1 in the best-of-seven series, manager John Farrell opted to start Buchholz, who admitted that he’s been pitching with shoulder tightness during the postseason.
Buchholz has made three starts in the playoffs without a decision, and he has a 5.40 ERA. His longest outing has been just six innings.
“We go in thinking he’s going to give us what he’s been in the postseason,” Farrell said. “That might be a little bit shorter of an outing than we saw back in April and May.”
Buchholz, who missed three months of the regular season with shoulder problems, said he wouldn’t hold back to try to keep himself in the game longer.
“Every time I pitch, the last thing on my mind is to preserve anything,” he said. “The one thing I have is to go out and compete: Go out there for as long as Farrell wants to leave me out there and give the team a chance to win to the best of my ability.”
Buchholz will be matched against 26-year-old Lance Lynn, who will be making his 20th postseason appearance and fifth start in his third Major League season.
Lynn finished the regular season strong, posting a 1.09 ERA in his last four starts but he has had mixed success so far in the playoffs.
The Cardinals took Game 3, 5-4, thanks to an obstruction call against third baseman Will Middlebrooks that allowed Allen Craig to score the go-ahead run with two outs in the bottom of the ninth.
David Ortiz, the Red Sox’s longest-tenured player, sat on a couch in the middle of the clubhouse afterward on Saturday night, staring at the ceiling.
“I don’t think you finish a World Series game like that,” Boston’s designated hitter David Ortiz said.
The Red Sox twice rallied from two runs down in Game 3 to tie the score. And they insist they’re confident they can bounce back one more time Sunday night.
“It happens. You can’t go back,” said left fielder Daniel Nava. “You have to focus on tomorrow. The makeup of this team is that we’re going to forget about this one and go get them Sunday. There’s nothing you can do.”