The Kids are human
Jon Lester finally plummeted back to Planet Earth today. So did Manny Delcarmen. Let’s remember, they are rookies. This wasn’t going to last forever.
Lester had been walking a tight rope for the last few weeks, putting men on base and somehow wiggling out of jams. Today, his mistakes were crushed off and over the walls here at Safeco. Because of how grounded and focused Lester is, I doubt that pitching in his hometown had any impact on his lackluster start thus far today. It was just one of those days that was bound to happen sooner or later.
As for Delcarmen, he had been uttterly brilliant of late, setting guys up with his fastball and finishing them with his curve. But he got knocked around a little today.
Coco got on base his first two at-bats today, doubles both times up. That’s a good sign for sure. And Varitek made solid contact a couple of times. If the Red Sox can get some bang from the lower part of the order, the offense will become dangerous again.
Not so dangerous these days is Trot. Has anyone noticed that he’s transformed into a singles hitter of late? Nixon last went deep on June 9. He has no extra basehits in July. It’s strange, Nixon came out last year hitting for some power, suffered some injuries and really hasn’t had any power over the last calendar year.
I’m wondering if the Red Sox charge hard for a No. 5 hitter over the trading deadline.