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John Lackey is Somewhat Delusional

by Ryan Hudson

With last night's walk-off win (woo!), the Red Sox have now defeated the Angels in three of the past five AL division series (2004 and 2007 being the others). The Angels' Game 3 win was their first over Boston in the postseason since 1986. Those kind of numbers would lead one to believe that the Red Sox are in fact, the better team. Well, not according to John Lackey.

"We lost to a team that's not better than us," growled pitcher John Lackey, who gave up two runs and seven hits in seven innings. "We are a better team than they are. The last two days, we shouldn't have given up anything."

"[Sunday] night they scored three runs on a pop fly that was called a hit, which was a joke," Lackey said, referring to Ellsbury's pop that fell between center fielder Torii Hunter and second baseman Howie Kendrick in Game 3.

"[Monday] night they scored on a broken-bat ground ball and a fly ball that anywhere else in America is an out, and [Pedroia's] fist-pumping on second base like he did something great."

Asked to describe his feelings, Lackey said, "Like I want to throw somebody through a wall."

It's understandable that the starting pitcher (especially one who did not receive any run support) would be upset after a season-ending loss, but saying you're still the better team just sounds kinda desperate (and delusional).

Anyway: best of luck to Lackey and the Angels in 2009, when they will no doubt roll through the regular season while beating up on the (very) weak AL West before getting into the playoffs and realizing that you can't bunt your way into the ALCS.