I'll tell you why. John Farrell doesn't know what he is doing, ditto Ben C. The wrong lineups almost every game, the wrong guys on the active roster, a very weak hitting coach, ditto the pitching coach, weak fundamentals team-wide. The list is endless.
If Cherington and Farrell were even halfway competent, the Sox would still be undefeated. John Henry needs to clean house.
The above may sound extreme, but it's kind of a logical extension of some of the threads about how much better the Sox would be if only . . . . .
Fortunately, there is also a school of thought on this board that says the Sox current record and position in the AL East is a minor miracle because nobody but nobody expected the Sox to be leading by 2 games on August 9, 2013.
Here's my take on last night, FWIW. Lester, despite a rough first inning, had a terrific outing made all the much tougher by a porous defense, including one egregious error by Gomes which led to 2 unearned runs, and by a lineup which was completely helpless against Chen, who was/is clearly a very good lefty starter and exactly the kind of pitcher who has been tough on the Sox all season long even though overall the Sox have a winning record against lefty starters. Lester went 7 innings, 120 pitches (including a backbreaking 41 pitches in the 1st inning which should have wiped him out but didn't), and gave up 1 earned run. This is very good news because it does suggest he has turned a corner. I hate errors as much as anyone, but they happen, and last night I think Chen was always going to make a Sox win very difficult to achieve. The two late dingers were even a useful object lesson for de la rosa--steady heat, especially in the middle of the strike zone, is a recipe for disaster.