Looking into the reasons why Arizona Diamondbacks’ starter Clay Buchholz should win NL Comeback Player of the Year.
Throughout his career, right-handed starter Clay Buchholz has racked up his fair share of honors. In 2013, as a member of the Boston Red Sox, he was named the AL Pitcher of the Month for the month of April and to the AL All-Star team in July. A few months later, he picked up his first-ever World Series ring after the Sox beat the St. Louis Cardinals in six game. In total, he made two All-Star Game appearances and won AL Pitcher of the Month twice.
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This season, I believe, Buchholz could have another piece of hardware coming his way: National League Comeback Player of the Year.
After his complete-game performance against the Padres on Thursday evening, I don’t think anyone paying attention would even argue that, at this point in the season, he belongs in the conversation. He has, after all, come out of nowhere to excel this year on the back-end of the Diamondbacks’ starting rotation. Plus, no D-Backs player has won the NL Comeback Player of the Year Award in their 20-year history.
Against San Diego, Clay went the whole way with just five hits and one earned run allowed in Arizona’s 5-1 win. Additionally, he didn’t walk anyone and struck out six Padres’ hitters.
While it may be obvious to those paying attention, a lot of people straight-up ignore the D-Backs as a whole. Having said that, I’ll outline some of the main reasons why he deserves the award.