I’m not sure how closely you follow the other teams in the AL East but the Yankees were swept in Oakland this past weekend. They’ve dropped four straight in fact. So the Sox who started the weekend 9.5 games out of first could have wrapped the weekend just 6.5 games out of first. Not only would the Sox have cut the lead in the division, they would have put themselves six games over the .500 mark.
But this isn’t your Red Sox. Nope, these are more like your Dad’s Red Sox.
Instead of beating a depleted Toronto pitching staff, they instead folded. It started with Beckett on Friday night giving up four runs in the first two innings to give his team a nice deficit to climb back from. The team never bounced back and the offense looked lost against a guy that has struggled to stay in the big the past two years.
Saturday wasn’t much better as the Sox clinged to a three run lead they scored in the second on a Saltalamacchia homer. That was all the offense they could muster as the team faded, losing 7-3.
So Sunday with the team just a game over .500 they threw their “ace”.
As I’m sure you’re aware by now Lester only gave up 11 earned runs Sunday. Eleven. To give you an idea of how un-ace like that is, you would have to combine Justin Verlander’s last seven starts (not including the All Star game) to total how many runs Lester gave up in his 4+ innings on Sunday.
At this point I feel like Randy Quaid in Major League 2. Get the pooper scooper. Back up the truck. These guys are done.
With series against Texas, New York, and Detroit leading up to the trading deadline it’s more than time to blow this thing up. I just hope the front office is smart enough to see it. Probably not though. This management is a joke and it’s just trickling down to the field.
So like your father’s Red Sox, there’s always next year.