Not that we really wish Clay any ill will (sorry, no poll data being created to let y'all vote on whether we really mean that...!), but if he'd continued his amazing run all the way to the end of the season and wound up with a 13-0 record, it might have produced a seriously strange dilemma in the minds of the BBWAA (known for being seriously strange upon occasion, and with a penchant for ongoing dilemmas).
Even the hoary war-horse WAR would have been in a bit of a pickle. It's almost always used as a counting stat, but if Clay had wound up with, say, 5.5 WAR in just 110 innings of work (as you doubtless know, Buchholz went 93 days between starts due to neck and elbow issues), that rate of WAR/IP would have been hard to ignore, as it dwarfs the rates of Max Scherzer, Chris Sale, Hisashi Iwakuma and the latest entrant in the "Kill the Win" sweepstakes, Annibal Sanchez (the current possessor of the ERA+ lead).
|"Get off your knees, son, and stand tall. You've made the world|
a better place, and Lord knows we all need...a...better...place..."
Better not to muddy the waters (unless you are on the south side of Chicago), so thanks to Clay B. for keeping this brouhaha on the simplistic side.