Re: why was lackey still in there
posted at 5/12/2011 12:12 PM EDT
In Response to Re: why was lackey still in there
[QUOTE]I don't put this on Francona. This was a night in which the BP needed rest if at all possible. So, you hand the ball to your 18 million dollar man, your annointed #2 starter, and put the team on his sloped, flabby shoulders. Only problem is its John lackey. Look, before the 7th, Lackey had knuckled down and actually got through a couple sort-of-almost-clean innings. You gotta give the 'professional' 'battler' 'innings eater' the ball for the seventh given the two solid innings prior. Probably should have pulled him a couple batters earlier, but you gotta give the guy the chance to earn his ridiculous pay. He didn't again. You can question Francona's saving of the pen and how long he left lackey in. No doubt. But it isn't black and white. And, in my view, thats all on Lackey. A front of the rotation starter has to give the club a shot to win. He didn't. Again. Give me Dice-K any day of the week.
Posted by SpacemanEephus[/QUOTE]
Good post. There was a domino effect involved, going back to Tuesday's game.
Had one of these things been different, the game doesn't go into extra innings and the bullpen wouldn't have been burned like it was:
Lester been better;
Youk not gone 0-for-5;
The Sox get one more clutch it with runners on (16 hits just six runs);
Or even a sacrfice fly or ground out that drives in a run;
Bard doesn't give up the home run.
Had the Sox been able to win in regulation, the bullpen would have been fresher Wednesday. So when Lackey got in trouble in the sixth, they would have had a fresh arm to come in earlier. Lackey allowed two hits then got two outs, so that was fine. After he walked to load the bases, he should have been pulled.
Had the previous game not gone long, Aceves likely would have been available and brought in. So maybe then Lackey's line might have been 6 2/3 innings, 4 runs and the story is how he battled to keep the Sox in the game.
That's why this is a team problem. Posters are too ready to throw one or two players under the bus when the fingers can be pointed at a lot of places.