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Dude, you’re hilarious. With that offense, as Youkilis comes back, and how woeful the Yankee pitchers are, I put nothing past this Sox team even if it’s Lester, Bedard, and Aceves as starters. They’re definitely in the playoffs.
As it stands today, it is Lester, Lackey, and Wake/Miller. Bedard hurt his knee this weekend.
October is a long way away. This video is about today.
This made me laugh SF. Nice to see you again. If 2 of the top 3 Yankee starters had gotten hurt in the past week I’d be depressed too. Though in our case, as we have no idea who 2 of those 3 are anyway, maybe it would simply help Girardi make the decision he has been delaying for weeks on end…
SF, they announced that Bedard would miss his start prior to the Beckett injury. Being that it’s just soreness do you think they will/might push Bedard to make the start? I don’t see why they would, especially now that they called up some pitching help, but just curious.
Sox called up a catching prospect of their own. I’ve read some really good things on this kid, basically surprised everyone as to the level he’s played at as of late. That’s a nice surprise considering that could have been a weakness in their organization overall.
Nah, Bedard will be back. And Lackey has shown he can be good enough.
But, okay, it depends on Beckett. If it’s only an ankle, well, we’ve seen how those can be held together with duct tape, glue, some fake blood, and copious amounts of pain killers. I’ll just hope that managers see that forcing the pitcher to field his position is an option.
And Lackey has shown he can be good enough
Good enough to do what? Yankees fans thinking Lackey is an adequate member of the Sox’ rotation doesn’t exactly fill me with solace. I think this is called “concern trolling” in internet-speak?
As for the Sox, the best thing they have going for them is that it is September 6th, they have a 7 game lead in the WC. They can go 11-11 the rest of the way and the Rays need to go 18-4 just to tie. So the math is in their favor. But nothing else is as of today. One must always expect injuries to occur, but this is another one of those seasons where you start to wonder “what if?”.
Lackey has never shown success in the post-season? Your offense and bullpen isn’t good enough to overcome 4 or 5 ERs in 6 or 7 IP?
Your offense and bullpen isn’t good enough to overcome 4 or 5 ERs in 6 or 7 IP?
I assume those runs are the ones that come after the 5ER in 2IP that Lackey gives up, right?
Now you’re just being a Debbie Downer. He lasted at least 6 innings every start in August. He hasn’t lasted 5 innings only 4 times all year:
Wait, I never said Tito yanked him!
Come on James – I wouldn’t want Lackey right now and neither would you, even with the Yankees’ starting rotation question marks. And they wouldn’t want Burnett.
I’d take Lackey over Burnett. One is a pitcher with declining stuff. The other is a meathead with declining stuff.
I think the fact that someone is touting that the Sox are ok because Lackey is in their rotation is more than enough to justify the top post.
“I’d take Lackey over Burnett”.
“I think the fact that someone is touting that the Sox are ok because Lackey is in their rotation is more than enough to justify the top post.”
I agree on both points.
Fair enough, SF. Still, Lester and Bedard is a pretty good top 2 if it came to that. Throw Lester three times in a 7 game series. He’s a guy that can carry a team, especially one as offensive as the Sox. And they’ve got all their bats coming back.
Of course, if Beckett is out two weeks, he’ll still have time to get ready.
Beckett walked off without even a discernible limp. If I were an SF I’d be depressed and fearing the worst so I’m not blaming you at all SF. But to any non-invested baseball fan, this really didn’t look like anything at all to be worried about. But yes, having both Bedard and Beckett skipping starts when you’re already having to rely on the likes of Lackey and Miller makes it look all the more challenging to take the division, to the extent that you care about that.
Not aimed at you SF…
The NY media makes me laugh! Today on the Mike Lupica radio show the talk was all about how the Rays aren’t dead…Last week the talk was that the Sox were going to run away with the AL East, leaving the Yankees in the dust. I know it’s their job to discuss every pitch and all of the minutia but let the 162 game season develop and stop living from game to game. Seven games left with the Rays, Beckett could be sidelined, the Sox send Miller and Wakefield to the mound in 2 of 3 games vs Blue Jays…The Sox are nasty. I know how important starting pitching is but I cannot and will not write them off. Nor will I try and convince myself that the Rays are really in contention to make up the ground between them and the Sox. This is not a jinx, reverse jinx, bla bla bla, it’s my gut feeling. I’d still bet my car it’s Philly and the Sox in the WS, they are just that much better than everyone else. Call me crazy, it’s what I believe.
Considering the Sox have a playoff spot locked-up, I’m happy as long as Beckett is able to make 2+ starts before the postseason begins. Having said that, I would like to win the division, so Beckett’s injury does suck.
James trying to convince everyone that Lackey is an adequate starter right now is one of the funniest things I’ve ever seen. Yeah, let’s just ignore Lackey’s 5.93 ERA since August 1, because he’s going deep in games!
I agree, Lackey is awful. Unless he’s pitching against the Yankees. I’ve been telling you that since January. He’s finished. I feel bad about what’s going on in his personal life, but that aside he’s been slightly better than AJ and that’s pretty bad.
“Yeah, let’s just ignore Lackey’s 5.93 ERA since August 1, because he’s going deep in games!”
Reading is fundamental, jackass. I said with their offense they can get by with those types of starts he had in August. If he’s their third or fourth starter in October, and with his October resume, that wouldn’t be the worst thing in the world. Crazier things have happened, like the Yankees winning a Series with Burnett at their #2.
Stop with the name calling.
“I feel bad about what’s going on in his personal life, but that aside he’s been slightly better than AJ and that’s pretty bad.”
I don’t see this, but I guess it’s splitting hairs. If we’re talking about season totals, AJ has the better ERA, xFIP, k-rate, WAR. Both have been pretty bad, but I think Lackey has been worse.
And then Lester goes out and pitches like that. Sorry, but I don’t count out this team one bit. Lester at his best is easily a shut down type.
“I don’t see this, but I guess it’s splitting hairs.”
1.0 War vs 1.1 War, I’d say so!
4.81 FIP vs 4.82, ditto…
I think they are both terrible, there! ;)
Ha! John, I completely misread the FIP on fangraphs as 4.14 for Burnett. So yeah, they both suck! Sorry.
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