Lackey and Francona Again Fail the ‘Truth in Advertising’ Test

This was John Lakcey after last night’s game:

“We can’t make a whole lot of mistakes right now. I give up a couple runs, and it turns out like that.’’

…. And this is Terry Francona:

“If we tacked on, we’d have been talking about how well he pitched, even though he ended up giving up a couple late.’’

Guys, did I miss something here? It would seem, based on these comments that Sir Lackey gave up just TWO runs in last night’s seventh inning. That is strange. I seem to recall the number being THREE. And oddly, every single news source confirms today that Lackey did in fact give up three runs and leave the game with the Sox trailing. Strange how the pitcher and the manager missed that little tidbit.

And aside from misreporting the damage, the two eye witnesses also failed to mention that John Lackey dazzled for six innings against one of the worst offenses in the AL and in one of the most pitcher-friendly parks in baseball. That fact seems to be lost on the pitcher, who never seems to portray his work in an honest light. Nor does it manage to gain the attention of a manager who protects Lackey as if Lackey were a bird who was covered under the Endangered Species Act. If these guys were in advertising, I am sure the lawyers at the FTC would want to have a word with them to discuss the possibility that false and misleading claims may have been made.

People, John Lackey threw well last night ….. for six innings. And had Boston come up with a big hit early, he probably would have won that game. But I am nearing the end of my rope when it comes to soft-peddling every one of this guy’s performances. After all, he was the one who got clocked in the seventh last night. No one else. And for the record, last night was not an example of being nickel and dimed in the capital of nickels and dimes (Oakland’s Area Code is 510 for those who might not have got that one.) Instead, Lackey gave up four hard hit balls and as a result, three runs scored. Those are facts and no matter how hard Lackey or Francona try to obfuscate, those facts are inarguable.

That said, if last night’s game had meant something, I would have been fuming at midnight because that outcome was a pisser. Yes, Lackey pitched pretty well but the offense left a handful of runs on the bases, Bard had a dreadful outing and a ninth inning “tease” came up a run short. So instead of walking away with a 5-2 win, the Sox came out on the wrong end of a 4-3 loss to a very challenged Oakland team that for some reason, has given the Sox fits in recent years, particularly at the dump the As call home.

Points of Interest:

I realize the games don’t mean a whole lot anymore and there was a lefty out there last night, but does Mike Lowell really deserve to play this much? People, he has a cracked rib, a bad hip, and almost no gas left in the tank. Just in case you were curious, since Lowell started playing regularly, his OPS is just .627. You can offer all the excuses you’d like but the fact of the matter is .627 is the stuff of Frank Cervelli and not an everyday first baseman. I’m not saying the guy should be banished to Siberia, but for my money, he gets two starts a week, not four or five.

* I don’t know if his workload is catching up to him, but Bard has not been sharp of late and last night, he was a total mess. Now Bard threw 77 innings in the minors back in 2008 so his 66 innings this year should be too much cause for alarm, but something hasn’t seemed right with Bard all month. And the one thing I continue to worry about with Bard is when his pitch count gets up over fifteen, his command fades quickly.

* Let’s just say Billy Ballgame had a rough night and leave it at that.

* The announced attendance was 23K last night. That may have been off by a factor of 2.

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2 responses to “Lackey and Francona Again Fail the ‘Truth in Advertising’ Test

  1. Mister Snitch!

    Signing Lackey was a terrible mistake. Sadly, there was never any reason to believe it would turn out otherwise. The rationale for signing him was that ‘he was the best free agent pitcher available at the time’. That’s like telling your fiance that her ring was the best you could find in Crackerjack boxes.

    Lackey has a well-honed ability to equivocate and rationalize – a skill that wins few ballgames. (Though he might consider running for office. Politics is, after all, a Hollywood for the homely.)

    Kalish, on the other hand, performed like someone who’ll be a team leader next season. In last night’s game, his sterling baseball instincts and decision-making abilities stood out in stark contrast with those of Bill Hall, who ever seems to act first and weigh the consequences later. Having seen this all year, it’s no wonder Hall came adrift and floated into the Sox’ jetstream.

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