It seems like everything’s gone wrong since Canada came along
Blame Canada, Blame Canada!
They’re not even a real country anyway…
Two questions: One, why doesn’t Gagne throw anything but his fastball over and over and over again? Is this Varitek’s idea or is he routinely shaking off the catcher? I realize that maybe he’s having trouble finding the strike-zone with his curve/change right now, but the only way that’s going to get any better is if he keeps trying it anyway. And they’re still strong enough offerings that you’d think he could get guys to chase, if they’re anywhere close. Plus I would generally prefer walks to line-drives…
Two, and this is one that people might actually be able to answer. Has a trade as heavily lauded as the Gagne deal ever backfired this badly before? This is at least two, possibly three games the guy has lost almost entirely by himself; no Gagne, and there’s a chance Boston still holds a 6-7 game division lead.
I’m not talking about times where the prospects eventually turned into something, or where the centerpiece went down via injury and never really had a chance to contribute. Or deals like the Mets’ swapping Scott Kazmir for Victor Zambrano, which looked like a bad idea from the start. I’m talking trades like this one, where everyone in the sports universe seemed to think, "Oh look, what a good deal for the Sox," only to have the main piece fall apart for no apparent reason.
I do still think Gagne turns it around at some point…or at least, I hold out a little bit of hope. He’s supposedly healthy, after all. But "some point" better come pretty damn quick, because Tito is going to keep running him out there until it does, and Boston can’t afford too many more of these soul-crushing late-inning losses.
Oh, and a nice debut from Buchholz. That was cool. Looked real nervous in the beginning, and he never seemed to have full command of his curve or slider, but it was a good start. And that changeup was just nasty.