Posted by dannycater
This is mostly the same team that couldn't play for Francona last September--especially Lester and Beckett, who not only pitched badly, but drank beer during games, etc.
I recently rewatched the Chicago Black Sox film Eight Men Out, a powerful reminder that MLB players can tank when they want to. Do you remember the scene/game when the catcher was furious at a pitcher who wouldn't throw a curve ball? Last time out, Beckett threw his curve, but it never got anywhere near the strike zone. Both he and Lester seem intent on throwing hittable pitches. Changeup, the lefty's friend against a righty lineup? Lester's is horrible, maybe on purpose.
Or think about Manny Ramirez in 2008. Forget the shenannigans, he was also tanking--without a doubt. The instant he got to the Dodgers he was his old productive self.
So I would say your "thinking outside the box," especially the thought that a new manager would produce an eight game winning streak, is an endorsement of tanking.