Re: Could the problem simply be that..
posted at 10/1/2011 2:28 AM EDT
In Response to Re: Could the problem simply be that..
[QUOTE]Not buying it. The problem is the pitching didn't hold up - period. They started the season with a good rotation - Beckett, Lester, Buch, Lackey, and Dice-K. Dice-K was lost for the season right out of the gate. Losing his arm hurt, but would have cost them 5 games. Wakefield went 8-7, no reason to think Dice-K would have won more than 13 games. Lackey never showed up. Buch's injury really hurt. They were able to limp along right after he got hurt because the team was playing so well, but it finally caught up to him. His injury was too much to overcome. Bedard was an OK pick up but he wasn't the #2/#3 starter that they needed. They start to struggle. Guys are hurting. Players with heart start to press instead of playing within themselves and overplay. Negativity starts to over take the team. There was a game pitched by Lackey that they should have won in mid September. Lackey pitched 5.1 innings and gave up only 2 runs. But they lost 5-4 when Bard gave up 3 runs in the 8th. I can see Lackey throwing a fit about the loss, and turning everyone negative. There was a stretch where they lost in every conceivable fashion. They'd get bad starting pitching. Good starting pitching, but no run support. Good starting pitching, good offense, but bad bull pen. There were plenty of opportunities to point fingers. When a team is playing badly, they either come together or fall apart. They didn't come together. Can't blame Tito. These guys are professionals and adults.
In 2004, they traded Nomar to turn the season around. This year, they didn't have anyone they could trade.
Posted by DirtyWaterLover[/QUOTE]
In a whilwhind evening of non-sensical posts from me, it is refreshing to see someone gets it. (Although I am pro-Lackey now.)
Francona manages a baseball team. He doesn't run a daycare.
Also, the dude who said something about why break it up after one bad month - maximum points awarded.
The formula worked from 2004 through 2010 and most of 2011. The reason they lost as very, very simple - bad starting pitching for one month. Some attempts were made to get depth, but they didn't pan out. Having Doubront out did not help, either.
When Beckett, Lester and Buchholz (eventually) started throwing well and winning games, Lackey's disappearing act was easier to hide. When they stopped winning (or got hurt) this team had no one to rely on as a pitcher. Period.
This wasn't about off-season conditioning or "poor ofensive plans." It took alot for this perfect pitching storm to come together.
But it all did...