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  • June 16th, 2011

    Red Sox 3, Tampa Bay 0:
    The Beckett is BACK!

    Posted by Christine E. at 5:54 pm in Baseball,Random Thoughts,Red Sox Comments (2)

    Holy…Buckets! Yeah, I know, Josh Beckett has been more than effective all season so far (and often, at least at the beginning, the only pitcher winning) but last night wiped away any lingering doubts that the Josh Beckett who was the MVP of the 2003 World Series at 23 years old, and the Josh Beckett who helped the Sox win their 2nd World Series in 2007 is BACK!

    Unfortunately, it came on a night when the Bruins were playing game 7 for the Stanley Cup (As you know, they won), so only the few people who didn’t care about that (myself included)got to see his gem.

    And GEM it was: A complete Game 1-hitter–under 100 pitches. (97 to be exact, and 68 for strikes) He struck out 6 and walked NONE, and now is the owner of 6 wins and a glorious 1.86 ERA–the lowest in ALL of baseball…

    And how ironic is this? From Josh about his pre-game warm-up, which, apparently did not go that well: “I wasn’t sure I was going to be able to get anybody out the way I threw in the bullpen. I was pretty bad.”

    And Jeremy Hellickson, who is going to be right up there for rookie of the year, matched him, until the 7th inning when he gave up a triple to Dustin Pedroia, then intentionally walked Adrian Gonzales to get to Kevin Youkilis, who then unleashed a beautiful 3-run homer that rewarded Beckett’s brilliant effort, and got the Sox their 10th win in 11 games…

    So, left Andrew Miller, who decided not to exercise his opt out clause today, will be making his 1st start in a Red Sox uniform sometime next week. He is currently pitching at Pawtucket, where he has a 3-3 record with a 2.47 ERA…Not super happy about this, as I fear it will mean that Wake is sent back to the bullpen, despite pitching very well lately…The rumor around town is he will be used to spell John Lackey and Wake, while Beckett, John Lester, and That Clay Person anchor the rotation…we’ll see…I guess what I don’t understand is what all the brouhaha is about a pitcher who’s career numbers are 15-26 with a 5.84 ERA…even if he was a 1st round draft pick….

    And I see that some sanity has been restored: Adrian Gonzalez has now overtaken Mark Toxemia in the All-Star Voting, by over 200,000 votes at last tally. Big Papi also leads the DH’s, and Jacoby Ellsbury is currently 4th among outfielders…

    The Sox start their Interleague Play portion of the program this weekend, with 3 against the Brewers, then 3 against Adrian Gonzales’ former team, the Padres–and, for the 1st time since 2002, 9 of 15 IL games the Sox play in 2011 are in NL parks, which means Tito will have the unenviable job of deciding who doesn’t play: Adrian, or Big Papi, who are both hitting the cover off the ball. The deciding factor will more than likely be the fact that Gonzales is a much better 1st baseman. Tito weighs in: “This is hard. This is unfair. We’re going to go nine straight days. In the past, we had [Mike] Lowell, we had [Kevin Youkilis], we had [Ortiz]. It was obvious — each guy plays two. It was real easy. Right now, it’s not so obvious.”

    Coming up: The Sox send That Clay Person to the mound for the rubber game of this series, and the end of a great road trip (currently 7-1). Perhaps the Sox could win this series and only their 2nd game against Tampa Bay in 2011? He is opposed by Tampa Bay Ace David Price. 1st pitch 7:10pm…

    2 Responses to “Red Sox 3, Tampa Bay 0:
    The Beckett is BACK!”

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    2. Lauren says:

      And… Yay. That is all.

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