May 11, 2011

G37: Red Sox 9, Blue Jays 3

Red Sox   - 100 002 000 - 3  7  1
Blue Jays - 002 200 50x - 9 12  0
So, did we get that "minimal level of competence"? Nope. Lackey turned in yet another garbage performance (6.2-9-9-5-1, 118), sticking his teammates in an early 4-1 hole, and then, when Boston rallied to within one run, shitting the bed in the seventh, opening the door for a Blue Jays rout and a two-game Toronto sweep.

Terry Francona also gets a "WTF?" for staying with Lackey in the seventh as he went - BB, 1B, L7, L7, BB, BB*, 2B** - before getting the hook. At that point, Tito might as well have left him out there to throw 170 pitches and blow out his arm.

In four of Lackey's seven starts this year, he has allowed 6, 8, 9, and 9 runs. His ERA is now 8.01. In 39.1 innings, he has allowed 53 hits and 18 walks (1.8 base runners per inning). He's robbing the Sox blind on paydays. One SoSH wag said Lackey is fulfilling his promise as our #2 pitcher - he's pitching like shit.

Plus he was his usual demonstrative self on the mound when his fielders - especially Carl Crawford in the seventh - did not perform up to his expectations. I'd love it if the infielders (or Crawford) started yelling "Throw strikes, asshole!" or maybe Francona could stick "Lack" in center field for three innings at the end of a blowout, and we can see how he does.

Adrian "E.B." Gonzalez doubled and scored in the first and homered in the sixth - his sixth dong in the last nine games. David Ortiz also homered in the sixth. Carl Crawford had two hits and J.D. Drew singled and walked twice. Jacoby Ellsbury did not hit the ball out of the infield; he went 0-for-4, ending his hitting streak at 19 games.

Day off on Thursday before three games in Yankee Stadium III.
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John Lackey / Jesse Litsch

Dear Mr. Lackey: I don't like you, and the thought of watching you pitch for the Red Sox for the next 3.5 years is not a pleasant one. Nevertheless, I (and many others) would greatly appreciate it if you performed at even a minimal level of competence tonight, so as to give your teammates a chance to win. Thanking you in advance,

Jed Lowrie is sick with the flu bug that has been making the rounds, so Jose Iglesias will make his first major league start tonight!

AL East: Royals/Yankees, Mariners/Orioles, and Rays/Spiders at 7 PM.

94 comments:

allan said...

Ellsbury, CF
Pedroia, 2B
Gonzalez, 1B
Youkilis, 3B
Ortiz, DH
Drew, RF
Crawford, LF
Saltalamacchia, C
Iglesias, SS

Escobar, SS
Patterson, LF
Bautista, RF
Rivera, DH
Hill, 2B
Arencibia, C
Cooper, 1B
McDonald, 3B
Davis, CF

allan said...

Francona said that he was given a "small fine" re his ejection last week.

Pokerwolf said...

What kind of contract does Scutaro have? I imagine if Iglesias works out while he's on the DL, then he's trade bait, right?

Karen said...

Allan - I could not agree more with your sentiments. And I am definitely excited to watch Iglesias.

mattymatty said...

I'm no Lackey fan either so it is with joy that I point out that Lackey's deal runs for 3.5 more years, not 4.5. Yay.

allan said...

3.5!

It's almost over!!!!

allan said...

What kind of contract does Scutaro have? I imagine if Iglesias works out while he's on the DL, then he's trade bait, right?

No. Iglesias will not be staying. I wonder if they even planned on him starting a game. He'll be back in AAA as soon as Scutaro returns.

Scutaro is making 5 beans and will be a FA at the end of the year.

Jere said...

Okay, I guess NESN's "best-in-class" remark was because it's a car-themed ad: "the AL East Road Test." But they still made a conscious choice to use that label for the Yanks. They could have easily said "the best-in-class Red Sox visit the high octane Yankees" or some shit.

allan said...

i don't think rogers is showing this game -- there is kick boxing or some such shit on the usual channels -- and it's blacked out on mlbtv. are these cocksuckers going to deny me the game?

allan said...

litsch licking his fingers while on the rubber?

allan said...

BEAST.

allan said...

There's a run.

allan said...

so i am going with weei & gdgd ...

Jere said...

"There's a run."

Said it out loud. Kim can vouch.

allan said...

fuck you, lackey!

Jere said...

Lackey gets credit for the sacrifice.....

charlie pioli said...

Gonzo is going to be a great DH someday. I can all ready see him getting a street named after him in Boston like the Mariners did for Edgar Martinez

Zenslinger said...

EB is on pace to have 26 HR, 57 doubles, and 123 RBI. That's assuming he doesn't add any more of those today.

charlie pioli said...

Who's EB?

allan said...

and lackey is crumbling like a cardboard box in a rainstorm...

allan said...

so rogers has the game on a premium cable package level and is showing shit on the usual baseball channels. and yet the game is blacked out on both EI and mlbtv.

FUCK YOU, rogers!

meunier said...

Isn't there someone who will take Lackey in trade for a sack of magic beans?

allan said...

Evil Bert (Gonzalez).

meunier said...

I'd trade him to the Pirates for a SS prospect.

allan said...

Yeah, I'm sure Pittsburgh would gladly take a league avg pitcher who bitches every game and earns $15+ a year. What a deal!!

allan said...

whoever is with castig made that sound like lbj caught at the wall, but gdgd has it in normal cf.

meunier said...

I'm sure he's better than anyone the Pirates have now.

Zenslinger said...

a league avg pitcher

Damn, Allan. Way to give him the benefit of the doubt.

allan said...

Pirates also at .500, something we have not yet achieved.

allan said...

i was thinking career-wise and that he might get a boost going to the NL

allan said...

and gdgd still has not added davis's single. this is a shitty night.

allan said...

cocknuggets

Zenslinger said...

I know Rajai Davis is fast. But, after last night, can we really allow him to just circle the bases at will? (I'm just on GDGD).

allan said...

i need a glass of "rally juice"

Zenslinger said...

David Price perfect through four. 4-0 over the Mighty Spiders.

Christ.

Jere said...

11.

(Not a Hardcastle song.)

allan said...

rally juice ... working ...

allan said...

Davis has 11 stolen bases this year; 4 of which have come against us in the last 5 innings (9 last night and 1-4 tonight).

allan said...

sing along ...

"Who do you call when your offense's busted?"

allan said...

and yet another bed is shat...

meunier said...

EVIL DONG

allan said...

COOKING WITH EVIL GAS!

allan said...

AG - 6 HR in last 9 games

5 of the 6 to LF

Jere said...

Adrian tilting the machine again

Dr. Jeff said...

Who is announcing with Orsillo tonight?

Zenslinger said...

EVIL DONG

Holy crap, I love it.

Jere said...

Man, he quickly tied and surpassed Russell Martin!

allan said...

GOOD TIMES!!!!!!!!!!!

meunier said...

JONRON!

Jere said...

DONGGGGG part 2

Zenslinger said...

AG - 6 HR in last 9 games

5 of the 6 to LF


And not all of them products of the Monster.

Jere said...

Florida

Jere said...

Lackey. Throw over.

allan said...

the umps should just award davis third base and save salty's arm.

allan said...

lackey thinking of telling the media that these 4 runs he's allowed in canada would be only 2 runs in the US. not his fault.

Jere said...

facade of the canseco level

allan said...

fucking eh

Jere said...

the close call at second (Zaun used the term "clearly safe") took away from the fact that the pitch was way outside

allan said...

KCR - 000 100
MFY - 011 00

Royals have 1 hit.

Jere said...

not as far outside as the one Jose just swung at ...

allan said...

nice walk, shitface

allan said...

castig says crawford might have had a play on that and "lackey had a reaction"

fuck you, lackey!

Jere said...

wow everybody fucked up on that play. gets a goddamn from Lackey as usual

allan said...

lackey giving the eye to crawford? let's play that fat-chinned fuck out there for a few innings, see how he does.

Jere said...

Aaron A. Aaronson-cibia

allan said...

lackey, this guy has like 20 MLB PA. could you deal with him pls?

Zenslinger said...

I am trying to remember disliking a Sox member this much. Re: Lackey, of course.

meunier said...

Thanks Francoma

allan said...

i did not like schilling much, but he risked his career for the sox, and came fucking through miracle-style twice!

lackey is just a pile of dog shit on the sidewalk

meunier said...

Lackey should have never started this inning

allan said...

can't blame your fielders for walks, shit douche.

allan said...

any day, tito....

meunier said...

Was Francona asleep in the dugout?

allan said...

damn foul line, if it was a little more to the right, that would have been strike 2.

allan said...

wow - lackey faced 35 batters, nearly through the lineup 4 times. that is pretty rare, at least for the sox.

allan said...

it turns out i am glad this is not on my TV

Jere said...

from 4-3 to 9-3 faster than Lackey can say goddamn it

Dr. Jeff said...

This is some bullshit.

meunier said...

Celtics elminiated

allan said...

9 ER for Lackey

4th time this season he's allowed 6+ ER

3rd time he's allowed 8+ ER

In 7 STARTS!!!

allan said...

lackey ERA went up tonight

from 7.16 to 8.01

allan said...

"90 second wait for the jays pitcher."

hv wag said...

Lackey is lacking something for god sake can someone tell me why for the last year we have had this guy who just does not produce??

allan said...

... sox will get 5 in the 9th as a tease.

meunier said...

Send him to Pawtucket already

Kathryn said...

Just sat down after two loooong days of moving my daughter into her apartment. Internet is spotty. I thought I'd check here first. Reading through the thread.....damn.

lackey is just a pile of dog shit on the sidewalk
THIS!!

On the bright side...EB!!!!

Jere said...

okay, consider this the series we "looked past" before we sweep the Yanks

allan said...

any way to get lackey stopped at the border as a terrorist?

Kathryn said...

any way to get lackey stopped at the border as a terrorist?

Yep, send him with Laura!

Kyle said...

I'm no GM but how long can this Lackey nonsense go on? Extended DL stint?

Jere said...

Royals take the lead in the 11th.

Jere said...

yanks lose!

tim said...

time for one of these things!

Loser
A piece of shit
Completely useless
King of the crap
Everlasting suckitude
You should drink when Lackey pitches

tim said...

Rotoworld summed this one up nicely:

A truly pathetic effort, which balloons his ERA to an absurd 8.01 through 39 1/3 innings. His WHIP is an equally ugly 1.81. He has now allowed 17 runs in his past 10 2/3 innings of work. Lackey was similarly horrid before somewhat settling down last season, but obviously, nobody can continue to pitch like this forever and not expect to lose their spot in the rotation.