27 April 2010
Josh Beckett should never pitch in Canada again... ever.
Coming into last night's game Beckett had a career ERA of 7.76 in five starts in Toronto. Then he coughed up 8 runs on 9 hits and 3 walks last night and watchedthat number jump to 9.28. Nowhere else in the world is Beckett this bad, save for the 8.68 ERA he owns at Miller park from two crappy starts as a Marlin.
Jason Varitek said after the game that the Jays simply hit everything Beckett threw at them, no matter how good a pitch it was, but with five starts in the book, a 7.22 ERA and one measly win, I can;t help but wonder about this strange "even-number-year-curse" Beckett has hanging over him.
That said, after an equally bad loss to Tampa in his fifth start of 2009 (7 R, 10 H, 4.2 IP), Beckett had the exact same ERA (7.22) and a 2-2 record. He went on to finsih the year at 17-6 with a 3.26 ERA... so a little perspective goes a long way here.
Bottom Line: The Sox won, but just as they did against the O's, they did it the hard way. You certainly can't say this team doesn't fight to the bitter end, but it would be nice to see this pitching staff mow down an opponents like we excpted they would back in March.
Varitek, Drew, Pedroia, Youk and Scutaro all had 3-hit games last night, but there was so much action and the lead changed hands so many times that it would take me an hour to point out all the greatness... so here' the Box.
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