Red Sox right-hander/America's Sweetheart Alfredo Aceves has a bit of a history. Specifically, he has occasional trouble following basic instructions and would also very much like it if former Boston skipper Bobby Valentine didn't touch him.
Now, though, perhaps he's taken it too far. Here's CSN New England's Sean McAdam on Aceves's displays Tuesday night:
It was bad enough Aceves allowed eight runs on seven hits in 3 2/3 innings in a brutal 13-0 loss to the Oakland A's in 42-degree drizzle at Fenway Park. It was made worse by Aceves' actions in the third, when a) he threw 42 pitches, as he allowed six runs; b) balked twice in the span of a few hitters; c) failed to cover first base in time on a ground ball to the right side that would have ended the inning with the score only 3-0, and d) after the runner, Josh Reddick, was ruled safe, turned and made a lazy, flat-footed throw to the plate that sailed past catcher Jarod Saltalamacchia and allowed another run to score.
Perhaps worse is that Aceves, after giving up eight runs over 3 1/3 innings and seeing his 2013 ERA rise to 8.66, assessed the game as such: "Why didn't we hit?"
Doctor, heal thy tiresome self.
It's one thing to put up with a bad actor who's good at his job, but it's another thing to tolerate someone like Aceves while he's putting up such foul-smelling numbers. One gets the suspicion Mr. Aceves isn't long for the Boston roster.