EagleTribune.com, North Andover, MA


October 9, 2012

Red Sox' disaster resulted from bad communication, pitching

Poor communication, horrific starting pitching, an ignorant manager, no team personality and a blurred chain of command sums up what we saw from the 2012 Boston Red Sox.

Season 100 of Fenway Park was an absolute disaster — uglier than the ‘80, ‘81 and ‘82 seasons of Friendly Fenway when Butch Hobson was skipper.

Boston finished below 70 wins for the first time since 1965 (not including strike-shortened seasons).

The season was a complete train wreck. Here’s why:

1). Bobby V’s ignorance.

Bobby Valentine, who was fired Thursday, will go down as one of the most ignorant managers in club history.

A few examples:

— He didn’t know when Carl Crawford was ready to start taking swings in spring training.

— He stacked his lineup April 25 with right-handed hitters thinking Twins righty Liam Hendriks was a lefty.

— He was wrong about the details concerning the team’s plan to give Crawford occasional rest after the left fielder returned from the 60-day disabled list.

— He said DH David Ortiz was without pain in his strained right Achilles tendon on a day Ortiz said he still experienced pain.

2). Lester, starting pitching stunk.

The starting pitching was as equally pathetic as the manager. The starting pitchers combined for a 48-72 record and 5.19 ERA.

After posting a 3.37 ERA combined from 2009-11, Opening Day starter Jon Lester went 9-14 with a 4.82 ERA this year.

Lester needs a “Life is Good” T-shirt. He walked around almost all summer like his dog had just got run over by a truck.

Yes, anyone would be angry and miserable if he had as miserable a season as Lester had, but maybe some positive energy from him would have helped him pitch better.

3). Salty added to pitching woes.

Starting backstop Jarrod Saltalamacchia’s ERA was 4.88, ranking him 89th out of the 108 players to catch in a major league game this season.

Text Only | Photo Reprints

Local Sports Videos
Sports Videos
Redskins show solidarity with Ferguson protesters Is Taney a team of destiny? Taney Dragons wins in walk-off comback fashion Coach Rice has full confidence in Davis vs. Nevada SNC Minute: Maclin tweaks hamstring; Phils lose Bottalico: Giles 'has the makings of a closer' McCarthy and Stairs recap Phils' 3rd straight loss Training Camp Central: Eagles brave the weather in Foxborough Shady and Chip on 2000 yard season 3 takeaways from Eagles' joint practice in Foxborough Checking for Charity Hockey Tournament begins August 14th What are Eagles' options if Maclin goes down again? Mosher: Maclin disappointed after tweaking hamstring Boomer: Johnny Manziel still has a lot to learn College Football Preview: Breaking down the ACC Boomer: Are training camp fights good for a team? Luis Suarez's 4-Month Ban Upheld ... Reality Bites! - @TheBuzzeronFOX Eagles react to joint practice with Patriots Phils lose to Angels after 6th-inning blowup Bottalico: 6th inning was 'flat out ugly'
Boston Sports
Redskins show solidarity with Ferguson protesters Farrell: Bradley, Jr. sent to ‘maintain adjustments’ Farrell: ‘A ‘neighborhood play’ is not a reviewable play’ Bogaerts: ‘I knew he was safe if they replayed it’ Fans Excited For Patriots Preseason Kickoff Curran: Brady, Mallett & Garoppolo expected to play tomorrow Pedro Martinez on Lester: “I would like to see him come back’ Greeting from Foxboro: What to look for in Patriots-Eagle preseason game Pedro, Clemens and Nomar on the honor of joining Red Sox Hall of Fame Boomer: Johnny Manziel still has a lot to learn College Football Preview: Breaking down the ACC Boomer: Are training camp fights good for a team? Luis Suarez's 4-Month Ban Upheld ... Reality Bites! - @TheBuzzeronFOX Volin: Eagles vs Patriots may be a Superbowl preview Curran: Breaking down the Patriots Camp battles McAdam: Predicting Red Sox potential 2015 starting rotation Shawn Thornton hosts annual ‘Putts and Punches’ for Parkinson’s Golf tournament ‘Crystal Ball’-Who will be the Red Sox best starter in 2015? Curran: Mallett missing from practice, Gronk returns to practice Americans in the English Premier League