In response to ThefourBs' comment:
5) Our pitchers have been having "off years" not just in 2012, but for sometime now, and us counting on them all to put it together at the same time has been our miscalculation for too long.
Lester had an "off year" in 2011?
He may not have been an ace, but 15-9 3.47 ERA and 1.26 WHIP is hardly an off year.
He had three bad games in Sept. but the rest of the year was very good.
It's unusual to see you exaggerate, to make a point.
I didn't say every pitcher has had an off season every year. I said we have been counting on all of them (on other threads I singled out the big 3) to all reach expectations at the same time. They never have.
It's "usual for you" to misrepresent my position, create a strawman, and then in a sense, argue against yourself.
I have been saying for years that we needed to upgrade the top of our rotation and stop counting on Beckett, Lester and Buch to all put together stellar and healthy seasons at the same time. It never happened, and yet each year, every spring, I heard the majority of posters claiming we "had 3 aces" or "we just need our 4th and 5th starters to do well", basically assuming the big 3 would all do well.
Lester had an off season in 2012. He did not have one in 2011, and I have been one of the few posters here defending him against those who call 1-2 bad games at the end of the year a "meltdown". Never the less, I have shown concern about his lost velocity and poor 2012 season. I may not be as confident about his 2013 as some of you, but I never intended to say he has been having "off seasons" year after year. He's the one guy keeping up his end of the 3-headed monster. It's been Beckett and Buch who have had off years or injuries.