Saturday, April 21, 2012

Apocalypse, WOW!

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Take all the ineptitude we saw in BlackSeptember 2011, multiply it by ten, and you begin to approach the disaster that occurred at Fenway Park today. The Red Sox blew a 9-run lead, falling to the Evil Ones on national television, 15-9. This was a stinker to end all stinkers. Felix Doubront pitched 6 excellent innings, giving up just one run on four hits—while striking out seven. Then, the bullpen hurled 3 innings, giving up 14 runs on 12 hits—including a grand-slam and a three-run home run in one inning.

In addition to Doubront's fine outing, also lost in the fray was a 4-4 performance by Big Papi (now hitting .436) and a 4-5 showing by Salty. The intensity of the booing for Bobby Valentine escalated with each pathetic trip to the mound. He has to be considered in serious trouble.

Daniel Bard needs to return to the bullpen, Aaron Cook needs to be inserted into the rotation and some kind of major personnel shake-up has to take place soon—be it players or management. This team—with the third highest payroll in the majors—is an utter disgrace.