Leading up to the start of the season all I heard was how great the Red Sox rotation was. This talk came from many of the hosts on XM's MLB channel and of course, Red Sox fans themselves. I know it's a small sample size and the numbers could, and probably will, change very quickly with a string of good outings, but right now the Red Sox rotation is so far from being the best in baseball. Though it's probably not, maybe it's a sign of what's to come. Yankee fans can dream right? So let's take a look at the numbers from Boston's awesome starting staff:
- Josh Beckett: 18.2 IP, 21 H, 8 ER, 5 BB, 13 K, 3.86 ERA
- John Lackey: 16 IP, 19 H, 10 ER, 7 BB, 8 K, 5.63 ERA
- Jon Lester: 16 IP, 21 H, 15 ER, 9 BB, 14 K, 8.44 ERA
- Tim Wakefield: 12.1 IP, 16 H, 7 ER, 2 BB, 8 K, 5.11 ERA
- Clay Buchholz: 10 IP, 10 H, 2 ER, 6 BB, 8 K, 1.80 ERA
Add that all up and what do you get? A team that's 4-9 and 6 games out of first. You get a team that's lost 5 straight and is 1-6 against their 2 biggest division rivals. You get a team that's 1-6 at home. You get a team that's tied for the 2nd worst record in all of baseball. That's right. Their record is worse than the Mets. Ouch. How ya like dem apples there Red Sox fans?
Do I expect Boston to be this bad all year long? No. Do I think their rotation is as bad as they've pitched? No. Is it fun to crack on the Red Sox whenever I can. Absolutely!
Peace, love and Pinstripes,