Effort: It is hoped much of this public perception exited when Josh Beckett was dealt/dumped on the Dodgers. But it’s more than just his back-fat spasms. The pitching has been consistently suspect and continues to tail off late in the season in large part because so many of the starters lack the basic physical conditioning necessary to perform as well in September and they would in May. John Lackey (pictured) will be a key factor here – if he’s still double-fisting during spring training, that’s the trade signal right there. Perhaps he’ll spend the offseason doing crossfit training every day. Or maybe not.