Sunday, September 25, 2011
The Red Sox problem is the ineptitude of John Lackey and Tim Wakefield (yeah, I’m calling out the second living Red Sox Saint). Both have been awful. Period.
The Sox had sufficient pitching depth and acquiring another arm in-season would seem to be imprudent, as Brian MacPherson wrote for the Projo.com. It appears that the Sox took all rationale steps in the off season to protect themselves against this very situation at the major league level. The issue that McPherson does not get into enough and probably warrants its own article is the lack of ready capable arms in the minors.
Relative to other development systems, the Red Sox could be doing just fine developing quality starters. But when you have a near perfect storm of injuries and ineffectiveness to spots 3-10 in the rotation, then everything needs to be analyzed including minor league development pipeline.