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Lackey + Bogar = Red Sox failure

Posted by Bill Koch on August 2, 2010

Tim Bogar

John Lackey

How do you lose to the Cleveland Indians?

Putting John Lackey on the mound and Tim Bogar in the third base coach’s box is a pretty good start. They both wore the goat horns again on Monday night as the Boston Red Sox suffered a bitterly disappointing 6-5 loss to a Cleveland team that just traded away most of its worthwhile players at the July 31 deadline.

Lackey and Bogar have been familiar targets of Ramble On’s criticism before. That doesn’t mean that we’re tired of hammering two people who steal money twice per month from the Boston organization and its fans. They need to be better before we even think about leaving them alone, and there’s no signs that either one of them is going to improve.

Lackey’s grisly pitching line on Monday looks like so many of his other starts this season: 5.1 IP, 6 R, 6 ER, 9 H, 5 BB, 7 K. His ERA is an unacceptable 4.48, his WHIP is a grotesque 1.53 and you can stop all the talk about the Red Sox going on a hot streak when Boston is giving this man the ball and sending him to the hill every fifth day. His 10-6 record couldn’t be any more fraudulent, and he’ll be further exposed when he makes his next start and at Yankee Stadium and takes his inevitable pounding. We’ve taken a strong stand against Lackey being considered a reliable starting pitcher on this team from the day he signed his ridiculous $82.5-million contract, and we’re not likely to change our opinion over the next four-plus years.

Bogar looks more and more like Wendell Kim and Dale Sveum as the season progresses. He struck again Monday night and did more than just hurt the Red Sox in the process, sending Ryan Kalish with one out and Boston rallying in the seventh inning against Fausto Carmona. Kalish was out by a mile at the plate, the product of a foolish decision by Bogar in a 6-2 game with the top of the order coming to bat, and in the process Kalish crushed the left knee of Indians catcher Carlos Santana. That injury is on Bogar’s head and so is part of this loss after Adrian Beltre hammered a three-run homer in the eighth that accounted for the 6-5 final. Bogar didn’t even give his offense a chance to put Carmona on the ropes in the eighth, doing the same thing that he did in earlier defeats against the Baltimore Orioles and Tampa Bay Rays. Those losses have added up to put the Red Sox even further behind the Rays and Yankees in what is quickly becoming a lost season.


One Response to “Lackey + Bogar = Red Sox failure”

  1. Ryan said

    I couldn’t agree with you more about Bogar. He has cost the sox multiple games this year by sending “everyone” in all situations. I can’t remember a single time in the years DeMarlo Hale was coaching third that he made these mistakes. What a shame for sox fans that a promotion actually costs the sox this year. As for Lackey, I put full blame on sox management for overpaying him. This is what he is. He has never been an “ace” of a staff and didn’t diserve ace like money. He was simply the best pitcher on an Angels staff that always seemed to have above average to good starters making up their rotation. He fit the mold of a number one in that rotation, but clearly he has dropped to number 4 since getting to Boston.

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