Clay Buchholz's Cutter Location
Yesterday afternoon following the 100th Anniversary of Fenway Park, the Yankees knocked around Boston Red Sox starting pitcher Clay Buchholz. Buchholz’s cutter gave him some trouble as the Yankees managed four hits off it (including two home runs), while making just two outs. He gave up two line drives on the cutter (both singles) and two fly balls (the two home runs).
Take a look at where Buchholz located his cutter last season:
Now take a look at where he put the pitch yesterday:
For the most part, he stayed true to form. He kept the cutter in on lefties and away from righties. However, that one cutter on the outside edge of the zone to the lefty was the HR Chavez hit 382 feet. And the pitch right in the middle of the plate to the righty was the home run Alex Rodriguez hit 393 feet over the green monster. Two mistakes, two home runs.