Our dislike for John Lackey is amply recorded at this site. But we’re going to lay off. Not because we like his pitching (we don’t – it stinks), but because we have some decency and cut JD Drew slack when, during his first year, he had a major personal distraction. It seems that Lackey has more than his share of personal troubles right now, none of which we would wish on anyone. So we are just going to stop crapping on Lackey and stick to his performance, if it is even worth analyzing. We forgive Lackey his distraction, what is happening with him off the field generates incredible empathy from us, and in fact we hope everything gets better for him, baseball be damned. Of all his troubles baseball is the least important thing by a large margin.
The Red Sox have 17 wins, the Yankees have 20. That’s 37 wins. Pro-rating their team total salaries ($370M) over the first 37 games of the season (22.8% of the season) you get $84,360,000 spent. So that’s $2,280,000 per win for our teams, blended. This can’t be efficient.