Re: 5.5 games back now what will it be at the end of May?
posted at 5/3/2012 11:51 AM EDT
In Response to Re: 5.5 games back now what will it be at the end of May?
[QUOTE]The way this season has gone, who knows? They could either be tied for first or eight games out ... neither would surprise me.
Posted by LloydDobler[/QUOTE]
It truly is anybody's guess????
ZERO dependable starting pitching! 1 - 5 we don't have a dependable #3 pitchers. Forget about a decent #2! Bard & Dubront obviously get some "young SP growing pains" leeway, but Beckett, Lester, & Buch are completely undependable.
THE BIG QUESTION??? How can this franchise, with all the money they have thrown at SP, consistently field unreliable, & undisciplined Starting pitchers. WHY ARE THESE GUYS CONSISTENTLY UNDERPERFORMING, when it's clear they have the stuff to compete at a very high level???? WHY?
To me...... IMO...... It's ALL ABOUT the mental game!!! Injuries or not, it's clear this is a systemic problem! In fact, injuries (IMO) are simply another indicator of a lack of discipline, dedication, & mental toughness!
Beckett, Lester, Lackey, & Dice K are ALL VERY NEGATIVE guys who have sucked this entire pitching staff down. It started the minute Lackey came to Boston. The HOT HEAD, poor me, excuse making, they're all against us so s c rew them mentality that that has been KILLING this team for the past 3 years. One only needs to have watched Lester & his HOT HEAD, LOSE IT over the slightest bad call BS since Lackey arrived. Beckett, Lackey, & Dice K have all but RUINED what should be a #1 starter in Lester! Buch is simply too young & dumb to have been lumped into the "bad attitude" category, BUT I think the lack of a ROLE MODEL has cost him dearly! These injuries are DIRECTLY ATTRIBUTABLE to the lack of discipline & preparation COMING INTO SPRING TRAINING over the last 3 years. Tito let these guys feel entitled & they quit REALLY WORKING to make sure they were in TOP shape. IN FACT, this lack of discipline in preparation is clearly systemic with the position players as well. "THE INJURY BUG" spreads when the TEAM let's their immune system run down. The immune system is COMING TO CAMP IN TOP SHAPE!
There is NO MYSTERY to the UNIVERSAL UNDERPERFORMING with this team!!! NONE! It's inexcusable that the Red Sox have been using April as their "get in playing shape" time over the last 3 years!
I hate to say it, but this team may have to be blown up after this season.
The good news...... With all the inherent talent on this team, we still have the ability to go on a ML RUN, with both pitching & hitting. I think we'll hang around, but it's gonna be brutal to watch for many stretches!!!