NESN Red Sox analyst Jerry Remy made his weekly appearance on the Dennis & Callahan show Thursday morning following the Red Sox' 5-1, rain-shortened loss to the Padres at Fenway on Wednesday.
John Lackey allowed five runs in 3.1 innings pitched to take the loss, and now has an ERA of 7.36, worst among all pitchers in the majors with at least 50 IP. Remy was asked if Lackey -- who now has an ERA of 5.06 in his 44 starts with the Sox -- now regrets signing with the Sox in winter of 2009.
"I don't think so," said Remy. "He's one of those guys, when he goes to the mound he gets upset at everything that doesn't go his way. And it becomes pretty obvious, we all see it. And he looks like a guy who is totally miserable. But I don't think that's the case. Knowing him from the inside, he seems content and happy where he is. There's a lot of guys who don't like to pitch at Fenway Park -- that's not unusual -- but I can't say that about Lackey because there's no indication to me that there is dislike for this park or organization or team."
The Sox have an off day on Thursday before starting a nine-game road trip against a trio of National League teams -- the Pirates, Phillies and Astros. That, of course, means no DH, which leaves Terry Francona with a tough decision: What to do with David Ortiz and Adrian Gonzalez?
"It's really bothering him," said Remy. "He said he's going to figure today what to do. I think you will see Gonzalez go to the outfield on a couple of occasions. I really think you'll see that. You can't sit David for nine straight games, make him a pinch hitter. You just can't do that … He would pick a park where they have a small right field, and from my understanding Pittsburgh and Philly both have pretty small right fields. And I would think those are places he would probably consider doing it to get Ortiz in the lineup. It's a dilemma that's bugging Franocna, no question, and it's been bugging him a long time. And that's what drives American League managers crazy when they go to these National League parks."
Remy has a well-known disinclination toward interleague play, and the prospect of a possible World Series preview between the Sox and Phillies starting next Tuesday does nothing to change his view.
"I can't stand it. I just don't like it," said Remy. "I never have, and to me it's getting worse. It's run its course. I wouldn't mind one interleague series per year, that would be fine. I just can't warm to it and I never have. ... To me it still feels like an exhibition and I just can't get past that feeling."
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