I'm not convinced that as it passed Markakis it wasn't high enough. Was it outside? If so, barely.
Wow! I don't think there was anything wrong with that pitch. I said strike three out loud before West called it. I would have been fuming if that hadn't been it.
On Buchholz's workload and what last night says about their willingness to stretch things, I don't think the relevant number to compare is the 155-160 innings limit with the 120 pitch absolute maximum number of pitches they were willing to let him throw last night. I think you have to believe that if he'd given up a hit in the 6th or 7th, he would have been out after ~95 pitches at the end of the seventh. I think the 155-160 innings limit is akin to what would be a 100 pitch limit in a normal start.
They'll stretch the 155-160 to 175-180 if he shows he belongs on the postseason roster. Like others, I don't think he's going to displace any of the top four starters IF they're healthy, but any one of them could break down between now and October, some more likely than others.
The postseason pitching staff as I see it right now is Beckett, Matsuzaka, Wakefield, Schilling, Papelbon, Okajima, Gagne, Timlin, Lopez, Delcarmen for sure. That's 10. The 11th should come down to who is the best pitcher out of the bullpen in a long-relief role between Snyder, Tavarez, Lester, and Buchholz. We know the rumor is that Lester can't pitch in relief. So it seems to be between the other three. Buchholz isn't going to be overworked as the 11th man on a playoff pitching staff, but he might be able to help the team steal a win or two in that role. I see this as a no brainer, pending another 15-20 regular season innings.