Originally posted on Ted's Army  |  Last updated 7/28/12


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Yet somehow Valentine believes things are going to get better. Much better.

“Yeah, we’ll turn it around,” he said, echoing pregame comments in which he suggested the Red Sox can “go 10, 15 and 20 games over (.500).”

“We’ll get on a good streak,” Valentine added. “We haven’t had our good streak yet. That’s the good news.”

The Red Sox are providing plenty of evidence that their incapable of such a surge.

Consider this: They’re 49-51, 111⁄2 games behind the division-leading Yankees. They’re 6-8 since the All-Star break, even though Jacoby Ellsbury [stats], Carl Crawford and Dustin Pedroia [stats] each have returned from injuries. They haven’t had a winning streak longer than two games since June 16-21. And, oh yeah, their starting pitching continues to be among the league’s worst.

Herald - Reality hits hard

Valentine's comments and logic are a bit silly, but what do we really expect him to say? 

I'm sure that, behind closed doors, he's railing against everybody that needs railing against.  Calling out people's passion and manhoods.  Doing all the things you'd expect Bobby Valentine to do.  And while we've expected a bit more of that in the press than we've gotten, no one wins when that happens (see: Youkilis).  Maybe he's gotten wiser in his old age and realized some tactics do more harm than good.

As far as the Sox going on that elusive "good streak"?  There's no evidence to suggest they will, beyond their payroll.  First and foremost you're going to need Beckett to start pitching like it's 2011, and Lester to pitch like it's 2010.  Both of which are highly unlikely.  Not to mention having the offense start to play with some consistency, which they haven't really done since the break.

But we're not finished with Make or Break Weekend™ yet.  There's still time for the Sox to execute a couple of convincing wins against the Yankees.  But even if they do, unless he's clinically insane, there's no way Cherington can view this season as anything but a lost cause.  Prior to the season, we at Ted's Army cracked a few jokes about how Cherington may want to 'accidentally' leave the 2012 season off of his resume as he hunts for new GM jobs in a few years.

That joke isn't so funny anymore.

Rest of the links:

Herald - Pedroia’s tired of excuses for losing | Lester in the here and now | Globe - Cherington keeping options open at deadline | Nothing new for Red Sox | Turning point was early | WEEI - Josh Beckett ‘absolutely’ wants to stay with Red Sox unless he’s ‘not wanted’ | Cherington: Beckett not Sox' problem | Pedroia: 'First 100 games been [expletive]' | CSNNE - Merloni: I wouldn't do anything at deadline | First Pitch: Pedroia sounds the alarm

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