And there are really only two reasons why this is happening, why this has gone from the best team in baseball to an absolute, undeniable disaster in 12 months.

 

Jon Lester and Josh Beckett

The poster boys for the worst collapse in baseball history have somehow managed to top their September ineptitude and indifference with 2012 seasons so lousy they have the Sox on the verge of irrelevance.

If I'm a Sox fan I'm hoping for an injury at this point -- at least that might explain how Lester has a 5.46 ERA (for some perspective -- not that it's really needed -- John Lackey's ERA in two seasons with the Sox is 5.26. Lester has been worse than the John Lackey of the last two seasons.