The Red Sox couldn't finish off the sweep this afternoon against Detroit. All in all, they played pretty well until they ran into Justin Verlander today. Even so, they didn't play too badly, though it's becoming clear that Clay Buchholz is either not quite ready or just had some bad luck. He's got a no-hitter on the resume, but his other starts have barely shown a glimpse of that brilliant outing.
I think Theo waited too long on Smoltz, and he's making the same mistake with Buchholz. Buchholz is a different case since he's still really young and is a product of the Red Sox farm system. But if the team wants to keep winning consistently, I think he's going to have to go for now. The next problem would be, who replaces him in the rotation? I wish I knew the answer.
In other news, the Astros lost again in Florida. It was ugly all around, as the pitching stunk and the offense wasn't much better.
Mike Hampton seriously needs to go. And since Yorman Bazardo showed tremendous improvement today, he might be just the guy to take Hampton's spot in the rotation.
The other problem tonight was Chris Sampson. He was terrible. It's a possibility that he's hurt again, and playing in spite of the pain. It has been proven with every practically every injury that Sampson has had that he does not play well when attempting to pitch through pain. His performance is such that the team may have no choice but to get rid of him after the season. He proved that he can't start and win consistently, and now he's terrible in the bullpen.
My guess is that his shoulder is still bothering him. But if it isn't, then there's a bigger problem. Given the economy and Drayton's stand on payroll, Sampson could find himself non-tendered this offseason unless he improves.