Everything went wrong that could go wrong. It's pretty much the story of the whole damn year. ... Everything in my life sucks right now, to be honest with you.These first sentence of that quote, from John Lackey's post-game press conference, refers to his dismal performance on the mound. (Among major league pitchers with at least four starts, only Nelson Figueroa of the Astros has a higher ERA (8.69) than Lackey's 8.01.) The consensus is that the other two refer to his personal life. In one spring training interview, he revealed that his wife has been receiving treatment for breast cancer. He has not spoken about that situation since then, and he did not do so last night.
Terry Francona let Lackey start the seventh inning with plenty of rope because the bullpen had been overworked. Alfredo Aceves had pitched in consecutive games, Matt Albers and Daniel Bard had both worked in three of the last four games, and Hideki Okajima threw a career-high 43 pitches on Monday. Tito wanted to conserve those guys, along with Jonathan Papelbon, for the Yankees series.
And so the Red Sox, once again on the verge of hitting .500 for the first time all season, lost two games. It's been a common refrain:
10-11 - lost next 2 gamesDustin Pedroia:
14-15 - lost next 3 games
17-18 - lost next 2 games
We're not going to end the season being (expletive) like we are. Guys are going to figure it out, I know that. I ain't going to hit .2-(expletive)-40. Youk's not going to hit .240. Carl's not going to hit .210. ... We'll figure it out. ... That's it.Peter Gammons:
There's something funny about the passion of this team. I still don't see the offense. They haven't scored 10 runs in a game all year. I don't believe they’ve been ahead by four runs at the end of the fourth inning all year. So, games have really been struggles for them. They probably will click on all cylinders. But for the time being ... I really sense that, that there's a personality chip missing that's different than what they maintained last year when they overachieved.
In April 2010, Bartolo Colon underwent a procedure in which fat and bone marrow stem cells were injected into Colon's right elbow and shoulder to help repair ligament damage and a torn rotator cuff. Joseph R. Purita, the orthopedic surgeon who performed the operation, has used human growth hormone in such treatments in the past, but says he did not do so with Colon. "I just won't give it to these guys [athletes]. I don't need the stigma and that kind of reputation." MLB, which bans the use of HGH, is investigating.
Over at The Hardball Times, Paul Francis Sullivan suggests starting the season with the All-Star Game.
Also at THT, Chris Jaffe has a post on a player about whom Bill James wrote:
[He] was despised everywhere in the American League ... He splattered water coolers, including glass ones. He made obscene gestures at fans, carried on decades-long vendettas against selected reporters, sometimes didn't treat his family well, sometimes didn't hustle or even make any show of hustling in the field or on the bases, was obsessed with his own success, was contemptuous of coaches and some managers ...Royals blogger Lee Judge: "I wrote that Wilson Betemit should have hung in there and gotten hit by an 81 mph slider with the bases loaded in a tie game." One thing led to another and Judge soon found himself in a batting cage about to get drilled by an 81 mph slider.