Thursday, August 9, 2012

Lucchino Points To 'Unpredictable' Starters

Larry "Pitching In"
In his regular weekly debrief on WEEI's Dennis & Callahan Morning Show, Red Sox President and CEO Larry Lucchino cited "unpredictability" in starting pitching as the chief cause of the underperformance of the 2012 Carmine Hose. He was careful to spout the party line that a multitude of factors are to blame for a $195 million ballclub wallowing around the .500 mark. But, it was pretty clear what he really thought was the root cause of the team's problems. As has been well-documented (most recently by the Herald's Michael Silverman), the Beckett-Lester tandem has been an abysmal failure since the start of September 2011. If they had just been mediocre in that span, the Red Sox would: 1.) have made the 2011 playoffs and 2.) would probably be in the hunt for the AL East flag this year. Finally, I think it needs to be said that Larry Lucchino should be given a lot of credit for committing to these weekly grillings on WEEI—espeically after yesterday's horrific loss. For all the criticism we level at the NOG, Lucchino is still the most visible and articulate face of senior management. At least we have that.