I tracked the game today enough to know that Clay Buchholz was gone after just 3 2/3 innings pitched, another embarrassment for the Sox starting staff. This time, the bullpen also poured on the proverbial gasoline, and, look, we just can't expect our offense to score 9 runs every game like they did yesterday. Clearly, our problem is pitching. Especially starting pitching. And not just one pitcher, but most of them.
So, I asked Twitter, Someone please explain why all eyes *shouldn't* be turning toward our new pitching coach at this point...?
Here were the responses:
@kdawg1313: because the old one wasn't so fantastic last year either.
@SpellingQueen: That's what I've been thinking too!!!!
@heybarto: i would... but then after lester's outing in cleveland i realized it's not the pitching coach... it's the pitchers...
@xLindsay46: And because he's not the one missing location on fast balls and throwing hanging breaking balls, pitchers are.
@HunterFelt: It's a 7 1/2 game sample size, and mostly veteran pitchers.
@SnarkInfested: I think we should kidnap John Farrell when he's here next week.
@ryantomorrow: That's what I'm saying.
@benshoff34: because he didnt sign john lackey and we all knew deep down that Buchholz was on borrowed time last year
Okay, then, Twitter, I replied in turn. What gives with the pitchers? Especially Buch? He is NOT this bad...
At which point I had an interesting discussion with Imaginary Friend @HunterFelt in which he concluded Buch seemed to be struggling with some of the same mental / focus issues he's had in the past, a condition he ominously dubbed "Remlinger Syndrome."
As Hunter had also said earlier, it's still the dreaded Small Sample Size (don't they sell pills for that on the Internet?), but I just can't shake the feeling that Something is Up with the pitching, especially the starting pitching, so far this year...but just what is it?? (Note to comedians in the audience: I do not consider "they suck" a valid answer. The jury's still out on Beckett and it's always out on Daisuke, but the top three guys are better than this.)
Thoughtful thoughts still welcome, of course.