It Is The Worst Of Times
53 balls. 52 strikes. Fastballs topping out in the mid-80s. Those are Jon Lester numbers, and they do not lie. In fact, since his 5-0 start, he is winless in his last 4, allowing a staggering 17 runs and 32 hits in a little more than 22 innings. The kid who pitched so brilliantly the last time he faced the woeful Royals clearly did not have it. And with his performance the Sox guaranteed themselves of a sub .500 road trip. And all this happening when we need it the least. 2 positive things from yesterday. Pitching coach Dave Wallace is back, and x-rays of Mark Loretta, hit by a pitch last night, were negative. But the pitching staff and the club itself are feeling the loss of Jason Varitek. Very much so. Tim from BSM (link on the right. Was one of the greatest blogs. EVER) said in comments a couple of posts ago that there is no statistical evidence to back up my feelings that the Sox are suffering because of Tek's injury stint. Well Tim, they clearly are. Baseball, much like life, cannot be explained just by looking up and evaluating statistics. There are nuances that affect the game just as much as team ERA or batting average. It's not easy to be able to sense the timing of these upheavals, the times when the pitching staff's comfort index has been lowered so dramatically. You can argue with me until we're both blue in the face, but the Red Sox clearly miss Tek's prescence and game calling from his oh so familiar behind the plate crouch. Stat me all you want. You're wrong. Oh, Tim, I wrote you a comment in the comment section of the last post. Please read it. And no, if I had done what you thought I had, I could not live with myself. Please go back and read it. Thanks.
Papi hit his 41st. He is simply amazing. But a Hansen error and subsequent unearned run and the enevitable Rudy one run allowed sealed our fate. The KC Royals are the worst team in baseball, by far. But last night, they were the better team. We're 3 games behind the Yanks in the lost column. And we're in 3rd place in the wild card standings. Too many 3's! And that's not good.