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  • May 3rd, 2007

    Red Sox 6. Oakland 4:
    And that is 6-0 for Josh Beckett…

    Posted by Christine E. at 12:07 pm in Baseball,Red Sox Comment (1)

    Pretty much the same stats as Curt Schilling the day before, but with a very different outcome: Josh Becket pitched 7 inning, only giving up 3 runs on 6 hits, striking out 7 and walking 2. And now joins Mercenary Roger as the most recent Red Sox pitcher to win his 1st 6 starts of a season. The win also makes him the 1st pitcher to 6 wins for the 2007 campaign

    It is so way cool that Josh has rebounded from a less than stellar 1st year with the Sox. (Isn’t it sad when 16 wins is considered “less than stellar”?) I really think last year was a transition year for him–and now that he realizes it cannot be just about the fast ball, we are getting the pitcher that won the World Series MVP–when he was 23—and one of the coolest things? He’s freaking 26 years old! He has not even hit his prime yet!

    Well, that could have gone better: After mowing down the obstacles left and right, including his battle with anaplastic large cell lymphoma, Red Sox Nation was ready to welcome Jon Lester back into the starting rotation as the Sox 5th starter as soon as possible, despite what Tito has been saying. Unfortunately, the path just got a little bumpy–because of cramp in his right forearm. the goal was to throw about 90-100 pitches in last nights game, but Lester only managed to throw 63 in 3 innings, before being pulled because of the injury. Probably not a bad thing anyway, as he gave up 2 runs on 3 hits, while striking out 4 and walking 3–not one of his brighter moments…But, he remains focused on the goal: “I’d say I’m further ahead than I thought I would be…I didn’t expect things would have gone this quickly, but they have, and I’m thankful for it. Hopefully, we can take another step in five days and see where we are then.”

    30 to 1000: Mike Timlin has notched ALOT of career relief appearance in the last 17 years–last night’s save was his 970th. It was also his 306th appearance as a member of the Sox. But, it’s not easy being a 41 year old reliever: “…My elbow hurts, my shoulder hurts, my neck hurts. When I get up, my back hurts. Both knees hurt. But what are you going to do? You take your ability, like we all do, and you take a lot of things for granted…I’m not doing anything now I couldn’t do when I was 29…” Based on past performance, and as long as his suckiness is kept to a minimum, getting the last 30 should happen somewhere around mid to late June…

    Looks like Coco Crisp in finally starting to break out of the malaise that started his season. The spectacular fielding has always been there (including last night’s amazing diving catch in the 9th) but now the bat is warming up. In the last 10 games, he has has 6 2 hit games, and has more than tripled his average from the 1st 10 games ( .111) to the last 11 (.375)…

    Hardware for Oki: As weird as it sounds, and although Okajima and Daisuke played many years in Japan before coming to play for the Sox, they are still considered rookies. And the winner of the AL Rookie of the Month Award just happens to be one of those Japanese Rookies–just not the one you expected: Hideki Okajima, who has had 14 scoreless innings in 14 outings, was awarded the April 2007 Award for his exceptional pitching. One of the most notable performances is when he shut down the Skanks in that 1st game, when Papelbon was not available…his .071 ERA probably did not hurt either…

    Coming up: No 2nd day off in a week for you! Daisuke will once again face Seattle tonight at 7:05pm for the makeup game from April 12. Fortunately, Seattle phenom Felix Hernandez is on the DL. Horacio Ramirez will pitch for the Mariners. And how bout these apples? The Sox were supposed to have today off, and will also have next Monday the 7th off–3 days in 8? What is up with that???

    One Response to “Red Sox 6. Oakland 4:
    And that is 6-0 for Josh Beckett…”

    1. Ted D says:

      Christine, great post. Beckett gave me a few anxious moments last night, but all in all is pitching like the ace he should become.

      Daisuke on the hill tonight, and hopefully he gets to 4-2 on the year. Saw WMP is in RF tonight, which should, in a word, be interesting.

      Hope you are good,

      Ted

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