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Beckett looks like old self in masterful outing

Posted on: April 10, 2011 11:08 pm
Edited on: April 10, 2011 11:15 pm
 
By Matt Snyder

Remember when Josh Beckett was a dominant starting pitcher? I know, it's hard. It's been a while. You probably have to go back to the middle of August in 2009, when Beckett was 14-4 with a 3.10 ERA and was striking out nearly a batter per inning. Since then, he's been rather ordinary or even below average. Sunday night, though, he was vintage Beckett in a 4-0 Red Sox win.

He worked his fastball up into the mid-90s, his curveball was tight and down in the zone and he had command, only walking one hitter and getting through eight innings on 103 pitches. He picked up steam as the game progressed, retiring the last 14 batters he faced. He did most of this with no margin for error, as the offense left 17 men on base and had only provided Beckett with one run in support through six innings. He still handcuffed the Yankees. And though Alex Rodriguez was sidelined with the flu, that's still a very potent offense to stymie.

The final line shows eight innings pitched, two hits, one walk, one hit batsman, 10 strikeouts, zero runs allowed and a win.

The Red Sox needed this one, too -- at least as much as you could need a game on April 10. They were 1-7 entering the game, but leave it having won a series for the first time this season. A 2-7 record is still pretty bad, but there's a lot of season left. Knowing it's possible vintage Beckett is back makes things that much more tolerable in Beantown.

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Comments

Since: Jun 6, 2008
Posted on: April 12, 2011 4:26 pm
 

Beckett looks like old self in masterful outing

Didn't know or care that you were a Yankee fan...in case you haven't noticed though the Red Sox are constantly bashed for their PED use on past (Manny, Ortiz)...I guess we are like kindred spirits in a way. I also don't believe I even made an argument so calling it a stupid argument when one wasn't made was, well, kinda stupid



Since: Oct 15, 2007
Posted on: April 11, 2011 5:33 pm
 

Beckett looks like old self in masterful outing

Obviously you're the one who needs to get a clue because you apparently missed my point entirely.



Since: Jun 21, 2009
Posted on: April 11, 2011 3:45 pm
 

Beckett looks like old self in masterful outing

Just make an intelligent argument instead of a stupid one.
You'd do well to take your own advice. You were the second person to post to this thread, and the first to even mention PEDs.

Beckett pitched a great game, maybe the best he's ever pitched. He couldn't have picked a better time to do it. Only the Cano drive to the wall was hit out of the infield if I recall correctly. Now, when he oitches this well 5 or 6 more times we can start talking about the return of his old self.



Since: Oct 15, 2007
Posted on: April 11, 2011 2:39 pm
 

Beckett looks like old self in masterful outing

So in other words,any PED reference is ok as long as it's aimed at the Yankees and attempts to taint (pointlessly) all that they have accomplished,but if a reference (a winking one at that) is made to a Red Sox player,that's not cool.Yeah,that seems fair.The truth is that we don't know anything really.For all we know,Pujols will be discovered one day.A friend of mine who is from St Louis and is a huge Cardinal fan said that if Albert ever tests positive,he will give up on baseball entirely. I'm not saying Beckett did anything.I'm tired of all the Yankee crap.The truth is that there are far too many teams,players,and variables (weather,umpires,injuries) for PED's to have any effect on a team competition like baseball.Nobody,not the Yankees nor the Red Sox,nor anyone else ever won a WS because of PED's.Individual accomplishments are another story.I'm simply tired of all the ignorant Yankee haters.If you don't like them,fine.Just make an intelligent argument instead of a stupid one.



Since: Feb 13, 2011
Posted on: April 11, 2011 1:25 pm
 

Beckett looks like old self in masterful outing

Always knew he still had in it in him ..was just wondering when it would come back out.. only hope now it stays out  there and he

continues to be as dominant as he was last night.




Since: Dec 11, 2006
Posted on: April 11, 2011 1:09 pm
 

Beckett looks like old self in masterful outing

Big Yankee fan here.  Beckett was incredible last night.  It's been awhile since he shut down the Yankees.  However, one start does not make a season.  Nor do 7 games.  No one can say for sure if the Sox are back or if the 0-6 start was just a skid or not.  Way too early.  How about we wait to see after a couple more starts to see if he is back.  Of course, I would like it should this just be the proverbial flash in the pan.



Since: Jun 6, 2008
Posted on: April 11, 2011 12:22 pm
 

Beckett looks like old self in masterful outing

yeah, cause PED's can certainly enable you to have a biting 12-6 curveball....c'mon man stop it with that crap



Since: Oct 15, 2007
Posted on: April 11, 2011 10:29 am
 

Beckett looks like old self in masterful outing

Hmmmmmm----- Maybe old Josh found his way to the "medicine" cabinet.



Since: Oct 12, 2006
Posted on: April 11, 2011 2:20 am
 

Beckett looks like old self in masterful outing

Almost like the Phillies Cole Hamels today as well. One outing they're getitng chased, the next dominant.


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