Collette Calls: Breaking Down Clay Buchholz
Collette Calls: Breaking Down Clay Buchholz

This article is part of our Collette Calls series.

We all have pet players we irrationally like, for one reason or another. Perhaps that player is on our favorite team, or a particular event on the field by that player helped win us a fantasy title one season. We give that player a longer leash than we should when they struggle, and we are quick to pounce on the player when any string of success shows up in their numbers. Lord help me, that player for me is Clay Buchholz; the guy looks like Cletus Spuckler from The Simpsons and he always ends up on my team one way or another.

Last week, Lord Zola tweeted his sage advice on how most player production has peaks and valleys within a season:


He is absolutely correct in that we can likely find great numbers for any player, even Chris Davis this season if we dig deep enough. Yet over the course of a season, the numbers typically play out. Buchholz seems to take that to an extreme from season to season over the last few seasons:

2012: 189 innings, 11 wins, 4.56 ERA (4.65 FIP)
2013: 108 innings, 12 wins, 1.74 ERA (2.78 FIP)
2014: 170 innings, 8 wins, 5.34 ERA (4.01 FIP)
2015: 113 innings, 7 wins, 3.26 ERA (2.68

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Jason Collette
Jason has been helping fantasy owners since 1999 at RotoJunkie, Fanball, Baseball Prospectus and now here at RotoWire. He covers the Tampa Bay Rays at theprocessreport.net. You can hear Jason weekly on many of the Sirius/XM Fantasy channel offerings throughout the season as well as on the Sleeper and the Bust podcast on iTunes. An eight-time FSWA finalist, Jason won the FSWA's Fantasy Baseball Writer of the Year award in 2013 and the Baseball Series of the Year award in 2018 for Collette Calls.
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