June 27, 2010 2 Comments
It looks like someone is conspiring against the Red Sox. After riding an incredible hot streak in which they went 32-17, Boston finds themselves in deeper than before. Exhibit number 1: Jonathan Papelbon’s seeming early decline. First of all, let’s address the elephant in the room: Daniel Bard is NOT going to displace Papelbon anytime soon. Deal with it. Pap himself says he’s not bothered by the Colorado series, but you know he is very bothered.
To tell you the truth, I’m kind of flummoxed about Papelbon this year. His secondary stats are declining, yes, but not THAT much. People have been quick to point to Papelbon’s fastball velocity and command, but that doesn’t seem to be noticeably different. Here’s a quick look at his past three seasons (data from texasleaguers.com):