For the first time this season, I feel sorry for John Lackey.
As Joe Castiglione said at the end of Thursday night's game: "It felt like three different games."
It was a comfortable win until the bottom of the ninth. I'll spare you the gory details. Crummy pen plus awful defense makes for a lethal combination. And it was against the Seattle Mariners, the team with the worst overall offense in baseball.
Eric Patterson saved their bacon in the 13th.
This bullpen leaves me absolutely no confidence, despite Hideki Okajima's Houdini act in the 12th. I know they will get their injured position players back in the next few weeks, and nothing is over.
But the pen will be the death of this 2010 team.