Over the last two nights, four recently departed Red Sox pitchers--Derek Lowe, Anibal Sanchez, Bronson Arroyo, and Cla Meredith--are 5-0 with an 0.00 ERA, giving up 7 hits over 28 innings*. Last night, Anibal Sanchez, who was traded by the Red Sox to Florida for Josh Beckett, threw a no-hit shutout, and was four walks away from a perfect game.
What is your response?
A. They're all pitching in the National League. Miami, Cleveland and San Diego are a far cry from the AL East. Just ask Josh Beckett.
B. The Sanchez / Meredith performances are tough to take, but we know better about Derek and Bronson--especially since Bronson also went on quite a skid mid-season, even in the NL.
C. Doesn't matter if they have 0.00 ERAs--we'd take guys with 5.0 ERAs at this point with all the injuries. Why didn't Theo prepare for this?
D. It sucks, to be sure, but Theo isn't psychic, and I remember when we were watching the Derek Lowe face, Sanchez was languishing in the minors, Meredith gave up 1,438 runs in his first major league appearances, and Bronson was getting shelled every fifth day at Fenway. It could just be a return to our old, rotten luck.
E. Undecided, or Other. Please explain.
* Stats in part lifted from Jere, who wrote a slightly different post--I'm not including Jeff Suppan, because the Red Sox won a World Series without him and he didn't leave as recently as the others.
Further reading: this excellent post by Paul SF on YFSF.