Saturday, May 22, 2010

A Lack(ey) Of Control...Sox Lose

The Boston Red Sox starter John Lackey was only able to go 5 innings Friday night in the city of brotherly love. Philly won the game handily by a score of 6-1. His control was off, way off. In 5 innings he gave up 4 runs (ouch!) on 6 hits while walking 5 and striking out 3. He was adamant after the game that his lack of control is NOT a physical problem. I hope after the game he went to Genos or Pats for a signature Philly Cheese Steak sandwich. I wish I could. For a more detailed analysis, here's the Boston Red Sox super pitching coach, Mr. John Farrell...

“The consistency of command has not been game to game as I think he would expect, or everyone else. His checkpoints are clearly to have him stay up on the rubber a little bit longer to allow his arm swing to catch up, and be able to particularly throw the ball to his glove side of the plate or down and away to righthanders. His delivery is rather simple, and yet the execution of it has not been quite as he’s shown from outing to outing. It’s a matter of continuing to work and refining and repeating the checkpoints of his delivery to command the baseball.’’

Tonight in Philly, it will be Matsuzaka versus Hendrick. Let's hope the Sox win this one because they'll be facing Doc Halladay tomorrow. Oy vei.

Have a great weekend, look for Jacoby Ellsbury in the outfield today, click on this post's title for more Sox stuff and as always, BE WELL. Thanks for stopping in. See ya.

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