I don't disagree that it's frustrating. But they're on pace for 93.5 wins (93.474, to be exact). That number of wins is what *good* teams achieve, not ones that "stink". No doubt they've been inconsistent, and that drives everyone here up a wall.
Here's the thing. Even with all that inconsistency and frustration and one guy on, one guy off routine, this team has a lot of talent. Lester is a horse. Beckett's last 11 innings have been very, very good, and we may be seeing him be what we want him to be. If the Sox had put up an 8 spot today and won 8-3, we'd all be singing Beckett's praises for 7 strong innings with a few cheap hits leading to the 3 runs. The bullpen - especially Wagner, Bard, and Papelbon - is absolutely nasty. Buchholz has been very good (last 6 games: 3.55 era, .631 ops against, 1.24 whip). If Buchholz continues like this, Lester is Lester, and Beckett rounds back into form, as it appears he's doing, and the Sox put in their "A" lineup, don't you think they have a pretty reasonable shot in the playoffs?
With a good Beckett, Lester, and Buchholz anchoring the staff, and Wagner/Bard/Papelbon going the last 3.....I'll go to war with that team any time. Plus, we get Playoff Tito, who, as we know, is as good as it gets.