It seems they were fortunate to get where they were with Matsuzaka/Buchholz out for the year, and Lackey being the worst SP in baseball. That's 3/5 of your rotation being gone or a zero....it's caught up with them.
Jenk's zero didn't help either....Albers masked that problem for 3 months...but sadly that was exposed as well.
If Lackey was even remotely competent, we would have likely won 100 games and could have absorbed a short injury to Beckett like this, and Buchholz being gone. Lackey is the true culprit of the season, no doubt.
Make no mistake, we are in harm's way now. This thing is in doubt.
Jesus Christ, do some people never learn? The sort of stuff that happened, and that almost always happens, is precisely why those annual preseason "Will the Sox win 100 games?" or "Will the Sox be the best team ever?" threads should be titled "Are you willing to proclaim your ahistorical ignorance in public?" Lackey and Matsuzaka were unknowns coming into the season--as was Beckett!--so the fact that the starting pitching hasn't rivaled the Phillies shouldn't be a surprise to anyone. Given those preseason question marks and the number of bodies we've run out to start games this year, 93-95 wins is arguably exactly how well the team should be expected to perform.
Edited by P'tucket, rhymes with..., 11 September 2011 - 04:30 PM.