posted at 6/23/2013 11:56 PM EDT
In response to soxdawg08's comment:
The Starting rotation isn't going great guns either. Did you hear that loud pop today? That was the bubble bursting. Unless the FO makes some moves.......NO playoffs.......not with this crew.
Doubront going just five innings isn't great, but on the other hand, he allowed just two earned runs and went as long Verlander and allowed fewer runs.
Doubront in his last eight starts has a 2.77 ERA and has gone six or more innings five times.
Dempster started the year great and had a three-start slump in May. Since then, he has a 3.47 ERA in five starts.
Lackey has a 3.03 ERA for the season, which is damn good, and since after a poor outing in mid-May (4.1 IP, 5 ER), he has a 2.41 ERA in his last seven starts, going at least six innings in six of them (5.2 in the other) and seven innings three times.
Buchholz/Aceves have pitched well in their starts during that span.
Lester is the only starter who is really struggling in the past month and half and ironically, he was the one starter who got the win over the weekend.
It's rare to have all five starter pitching well at the same time, so it seems to me that the starting pitching has been fine. Don't know where you get the starting rotation hasn't been going great guns.
Buchholz, of course, needs to be back soon, and Lester needs to get back to early-season form. But the rotation, despite all this, has been doing its job.