Originally Posted by Brian26
You missed that thread. I have my own theories on it. Everyone is bothered seeing Sale putting up 120+ pitches, but Lincecum threw 150 in his no-hitter. My theory is that this is Chicago, where Dusty Baker was lampooned for destroying Prior and Wood in 2003, and Sox fans are afraid of seeing Sale get hurt. Apples and oranges, though, and I'm not entirely convinced Dusty was at fault.
Lincecum is in his contract year. No skin off the Giants back.
The only team that comes close to wearing the tread on their starters like the Sox is Detroit. Looks like that's starting to show on Verlander.
The Sox have nothing to play for.
Renting out players would destroy the competitive balance in baseball. It's a mini Finley selling his players to the Yankees.