OK, here are the facts: fans can trust that we have good overall pitching in the Red Sox five-man rotation. The top three guys are Jon Lester, Clay Buchholz, and John Lackey when he runs hot, which he did on Saturday. I do worry when Felix Doubront and Ryan Dempster pitch. Of the two of them I probably bite my nails more often when Dempster is on the mound. That damn commercial, that runs during games aired on NESN, of him talking about inspiring kids who come to watch ballgames at Fenway just adds insult to injury.
Dempster must improve prior to the middle innings. I doubt that will happen.The team can send him down, or we need a set-up man for those middle innings. Koji Uehara works well in that capacity right now. Koji should be in for more than one inning. I think we could get two out of him in the middle of games. Why haven’t we tried that? Let’s go even deeper. You dig? Why doesn’t Koji pitch his one inning at the end of the game? Meanwhile, another guy fills the setup position, like maybe Alfredo Aceves. Farrell has to try something with Koji and Aceves, or we will continue to lose that one game every rotation.
The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over, expecting different results. Well, different results are not happening. What we need are “Hope and Change.” President Obama may not have been able to deliver on them (yet), but I believe John Farrell can.
What are your thoughts on Dempster’s performance?