In response to Critter23's comment:
Hey Pump, I agree the pitching has been going down. I for one don't like to blame it all on Theo who is always going to get a pass from me for bringing us two championships in my lifetime. I do agree the moves he made didn't work--but I think he was trying with Lackey, for example, and as much as I've been sour about him as a person, I think he can win 14/15 games this year. I've been trying not to keep backing up and harping on this, but last year and the year before we were supposed to be great (some saying the WS was a lock, etc.) and our pitching was expected to be good. Well, at the conlclusion of last year we KNEW we were no damn good--so why didn't we go out and get a #1 this year, buy, trade, sell, deal, steal, etc. since as you say we aren't going big time until we get one...and, if we're waiting for our promising youngsters, that's all good, but we have zero assurance that we have a #1. Please, please don't anyone tell me it was a poor crop of free agents--take Ells, Iggy, one catcher, one reliever, one of our best minor league starters and/or one of our best minor league position players and I think you could get a #1 or a #2 who's young and almost a #1. I think this deal could have been made with the Giants immediately after the season for example before they got their CF. They have a lot of young blossoming pitching, but they're tighter with their budget than we are. Maybe there's still some deal to be made there...
As an aside, I have a hunch about Wright. I just feel it. It's a premise that's worked in this organization before, we have a guy who can work with him--you heard it here first.
Its not entirely on Epstein, but IMO most of the blame lies there. After all, it was Epstein was was responsible for the personnel decisions during the recent decline. Yes, he tried with Lackey (and Beckett, for that matter), but he misevaluated their talent level. Thats a mistake, and its HIS mistake. He is not going to get a pass from me, even though he was largely responsible for the 07 ring (the 04 ring, thats a matter of debate; much of the team was already in place by when he arrived here). The bottom line is that during his tenure from 2008 until when he left the decline in pitching was obvious to even the most casual fan, but went uncorrected.
As for Lackey, he cannot be worse (I hope) than he was in 2011, and I expect Lester to be a bit better. We still need a #1 SP and have for some time. Maybe this was not the year to do it. Maybe the eventual #1 is already in our minor league somewhere. Its a bit demoralizing for Sox fans to see the Yankees with CC and the Rays with Price and us with........Lester?