(MyFoxBoston.com) – Some broadcasters are questioning Red Sox pitcher Clay Buchholz's success, claiming he may be cheating.
The game has a history of pitchers doctoring the baseball going all the way back to the spit ball. Most recently, we've seen substances like Vaseline that pitchers will rub on their arms or inside their glove. The application to the ball gives them more movement on their pitches.
It was Clay Buchholz's dominating outing against Toronto Wednesday that ignited the flames. The Blue Jays radio broadcaster Dirk Hayhurst got Twitter all a buzz by writing "forget the hair, I just saw video of Buchholz loading the ball with some Eddie Harris worthy slick'em painted up his left forearm. Wow"
Eddie Harris is a washed up pitcher from the movie "Major League" who admits using everything from jalepeno peppers to feminine products to help his curveball.
The 28-year-old right hander is off to a hot start and arguably the best pitcher in Major League Baseball at the moment. He leads the league in wins with 6 and his earned run average is just above one.
In response, Buchholz had the following to say:
"Put rosin on my arm throughout the game. Sweat, water, whatever. … Sometimes I put a little thing of water on my hip just to get moisture on your hands. Definitely no foreign objects or substances on my arm."
Red Sox Manager John Farrell dismissed the notion that his player is cheating, saying "if comments are going to be made because pitchers pitch well then we'll take it as a compliment."