“Look, the injuries at the back end of the Boston rotation have hurt; the Red Sox have missed Clay Buchholz, and they’ve missed Daisuke Matsuzaka. But the September collapse falls on the shoulders, to a high degree, on the late-season failures of Jon Lester and Beckett. They are supposed to be the aces of this team, in stature and in salary, and they have been lousy this month.
Lester and Beckett this month, combined:
Red Sox record in their starts: 2-7
Outings in which Beckett/Lester pitched into the seventh inning: 3
If the Red Sox complete their collapse in the next 72 hours and its history is written, Lester and Beckett will have to be placed near the top of the pyramid of blame.”