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John Lackey and the Top 10 Red Sox Pitching Performances of the Last 30 Years

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John Lackey and the Top 10 Red Sox Pitching Performances of the Last 30 Years
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John Lackey's outing in Game 3 of the ALCS got me thinking about the top pitching performances (starting or long relief) over the last 30 years by a Red Sox pitcher

In anticipation of the start of the World Series, I was talking to a friend about the respective pitching staffs of the Red Sox and Cardinals, and whether we can expect Boston starters to continue to pitch as well as they've pitched in the first two rounds of the post-season. He asked whether I believe John Lackey’s performance in Game 3 of the ALCS was the best outing by a Red Sox pitcher in recent history.

I answered no, and rattled off seven or eight games I thought were better outings. But as the night progressed, I continued to ponder his question. I thought about the word "best," and all that particular word entails.

The best.

In a baseball context, do we simply define the word as meaning the result of each individual at-bat, accumulated over several innings and analyzed in a vacuum? Or does the word encompass context such as regular season vs. post-season, divisional series vs. ALCS vs World Series, pivotal games, deciding games etc? We live in a world saturated with context, so the consideration of that question should have a more expansive context than I initially provided.

And in consideration of everything that was at stake for his team, it is arguable Lackey’s outing is one of a handful of performances that should be in the discussion as “the best” outing by a Red Sox pitcher in this generation (I will define a generation as 30 years, so I will limit my discussion to 1983-2013).

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