March 14th, 2011
So Josh Beckett, in his 2nd start since being beaned on the head by a stray ball during batting practice a couple of weeks ago (he only gave up 1 run on 4 hits in 3.2 innings of work in his 1st outing against Houston) was cruising for his 1st 4 innings of work, only giving up 1 run on 2 hits during that span–then, in the 5th inning all hell broke loose when he gave up another run, then 4 more hits, then hit a batsman to load the bases….all of this without recoding an out in the frame.
So then he gets pulled, and then Scott Atchison, who did so well last year, proceeds to allow ALL the runners to score, so when all is said and done, Josh Beckett’s promising outing turns to crap: His line:
4 IP, giving up 5 runs on 5 hits while walking 2 and striking out 1…. So , after 3 starts this spring, Josh Beckett has a record of 0-2 with a 6.52 ERA…YUK…
Unfortunately, this was the trend in 2010 as well–cruise for a while, mowing them down, then a complete meltdown where lots of runs are scored, and we hear the inevitable “It was just that. one. inning….” Oh crap, I reallyREALLY hope this is not going to be the case again this year…
Interesting rumor around town that Daisuke may actually be on the trading block. Probably for a smaller market team, he could be a 2nd or 3rd starter–but I am sorry, I can’t understand why Tim Wakefield, who obviously still has what it takes (he has a 0-0 record with 3.29 ERA this spring) and is loyal to the Sox as the day is long, rots in the bullpen while Daisuke, who has not had a MOMENTS loyalty to the Sox, and is usually more bad than good (note the ERA north of ELEVEN thus far this year), gets to trot out there every 5th day…Yeah, I know loyalty means nothing, but crap, Daisuke is not better than Wake–and he is certainly a lot more aggravating….
A day after Adrian Gonzales’ first start in the Red Sox uniform (he went 1-1 with a sac fly), he arm is still attached and he is felling great: “Actually, BP and all that felt better today than it felt yesterday and the day before, which is good. (Sunday) was more of a strength day, get some weights in, stuff like that. It felt good after everything we did.”The only thing I was anxious about was making sure I got here on time with the hour change.” He will be making his 2nd start tonight against the Skanks…
Clay Buchholz, who was in line to get the start against the Skanks tonight, will throw a simulated game instead. He will be joined by Tim Wakefield, who will also throw simulated frames….Their next starts will be the split squad contests on Friday….
Finally, I received something very different in the mail this weekend: B is for Baseball Alphabet Cards by Emmy-Award winning Artist Doug Keith. The 26 cards, the first in a series of sports cards, depicts each letter of the alphabet made up of baseball players, umpires, and even fans, partaking in all aspects of the game to help entertain and teach the ABC’s…. (That is the letter T to the right…)
Good for children 3 and up, this charming box set of 26 4.5 x 6.5 cards will be available for sale in May 2011, for $12.95 wherever books are sold..
A must have for any young baseball fan–or a young person you want to help become a baseball fan…Check them out!
Coming up: The last time the Sox will face the Skanks until they meet up again on April 8th in the Fens, happens tonight in Fort Myers. Former Skankee cast-off, Alfredo Aceves, gets the start, and Carl Crawford and Adrian Gonzales, the Sox’ best offseason acquisitions, will take the field together for the first time. 1st pitch: 7:05pm….