Thursday, September 29, 2011
As side from a few, they Red Sox were terrible in Sept. If they were healthy or had a better farm system, they probably would have just been bad and gotten into the playoffs. Teams go into slumps. This one got out of hand primarily because Buchholz and Youkilis were out. But Sept is not the issue, it is the year long suck-a-tude of Crawford and Lackey.
Crawford's forecast to actual performance had to have a much bigger variance than anyone. Last year, he was a seven win player this year .4.
Lackey has been a bust. It was expected he would suck in the later two-thirds of his contract but not at the start. The Red Sox not having an alternative is one part bad luck, ineffective pre-hab or injury prevention and poor minor league pitching development.
Regardless, the Red Sox still have a strong core so an overhaul would be a shock. They need a true top of the rotation starter and a closer in 2012. This kind of sounds like 2003, no?