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What a mess

The game last night was ugly. The Sox pitching fell apart, losing their fifth straight game, all but one by one run (and that one by two) (and two by one by four by three, sorry, if you're going to be annoying, just go with it).

The obvious issue last night was the bullpen. Tito handed the ball over to Delcarman who looked desperate to give it back. Hansen then came in and was even worse. I think we can call see that we'd like last year's Oki and Timlin from four years ago back. Fact is, we're only going succeed this year with these two guys stepping up, Oki and Timlin being serviceable, maybe a trade if there is anyone out there worth it (doubtful), AND starting pitching that goes at least seven innings.

Dice-K has thrown better the last two games by 5 innings? Did you mom by you a Push Pop after the game for that Dice-K? Everyone gets a trophy!!! The starting pitcher can throw 5 nice innings but he has not done his job if that's all he throws. You're asking the bullpen (i.e. 7 guys not good enough to start) to throw four near-perfect innings in this case. That is how you lose games. I have a plan: Dice-K, do better.

Lastly, with the obviously love-him corollary, what was Tito doing out there. Is Delta handing out frequent flier miles for walks to the mound? First, I think he should have left Manny D. in there to sink or swim. He's the best we have and he wasn't throwing too badly. Secondly, why take out Aardsma for a lefty-lefty situation after you are already behind and only in the 7th inning? Aardsma should have stayed in through the 8th in hopes that we come back and Lopez can be used in a real emergency. That part worked out because Lopez made it though the 8th but I still don't like it, and that's what matters. Thirdly, to go back to the 5th inning, I don't get really why Hansen warmed up in the 5th while Dice-K was still in there, then sat, then replaced Delcarman. Maybe Hansen is better with inherited runners than Manny so they thought they'd bring him in if Dice-K gave up a big hit that inning, but liked the idea of Manny starting a clean inning in the 7th. But would that have meant, if everything had gone well, Manny would have gone two, Hansen and Lopez would have taken on the 8th, Pap would have gone two...? Seemed odd to me.

Anyway, I don't have a solution, but I obviously have a few gripes.


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