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The Why

There are two primary reason the Sox are free falling. First, they have an offense barely good enough when healthy to win. Then, you take out Manny. You are left with a poor offense not able to score enough runs to win games. On top of that, Youk is out, Coco is out (meaning Kielty or Moss has to play in edition to Jacoby), Tek can't hit anything, and Lugo and Drew continue to be half the offensive presences we thought we were getting.

Second, our greatest strength - our bullpen - has imploded. This is not a case of them showing their true colors. These are legitimate, big-time relievers. You know you have a good bullpen when you're two worst pitchers, your Dennis Lamp 5th inning specialists (Snyder and Lopez), have ERAs under 4.00.

Gagne and Oki have had tons of problems handing Pap a lead of late. Mini-Manny is just not reliable yet. Timlin and Papelbon joined their colleague's struggles last night. If this is going to continue, there's not much that can be done. This is a great bullpen which picked an inopportune time to fall apart. It's painful. Maybe Bryan Corey should pitch more? I can't believe I just wrote that.

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Matt said…
I'm scared, Wally.
Wally said…
I know Matt. I know...

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