Posted by sadsax
If you want to blame Theo and Tito, then that is certainly your right, but you'd be wrong, particularly about Tito.
The team is losing because of the pitching staff. The BP is overtaxed because the starters are giving up too many runs and can't go deep into games.
The starters aren't getting the job done because 3 of the 5 starters aren't very good. This is putting pressure on the Lester and Beckett to be perfect.
Lackey is the only person that has no excuse for his performance.
Wakefield shouldn't be in the rotation. He was never expected to start as many games as he has.
Bedard is OK but he's been hurt and has not beenable to find his may/June form.
Miller and Weiland are not ready for prime time. Miller is a reclamation project and Weiland isn't a major league pitcher.
A starting rotation with a healthy Beckett, Lester, Buch, Dice-K and Lackey is a really good rotation. Have Wakefield on the roster in case you need a 6th starter and see if Miller, Jenks and Aceves can be fixed.
But Dice-K and Buch go down. Even so, a rotation of Beckett, Lester, Lackey, Wakefield and Miller/Aceves should still be good enough.
But Jenks doesn't pan out, Miller is OK for a few starts but can't find any consistency. Aceves is needed in the pen because it's worn out and Jenks' role needs to be filled.
They should get BP help, but because Lackey is so bad, they have to get a good #3 starter.
They have no one ready in the minors because they traded their best pitching prospect to SD for Gonzo.
The performances of Crawford, Redding, JD Drew, Varitek, are Youk are immaterial because the offense has been great all year and continues to score runs.
Blame Theo if you must for signing Lackey, but Lackey should not be this bad. And if Buch hadn't gotten hurt, they would have traded for BP help instead of bedard.