Re: Beckett Can't Catch a Break (Or Why He Could be 35-8 Over The Last Two Years)
posted at 7/27/2012 8:10 AM EDT
In Response to Beckett Can't Catch a Break (Or Why He Could be 35-8 Over The Last Two Years)
[QUOTE]Josh Beckett bashers love to use W-L record to disparage his pitching over the last two years. But all that shows is that they don't want to intelligently discuss his performance and just cherry-pick stats that paint the worst picture instead of looking deeper into the numbers. This isn't to excuse his bad starts. I'll be the first to say he didn't come through i the clutch in the last two starts of the year last season. And while he shoulder might have something to do with it, he has struggled this year since coming off the DL, although his last start was ecouraging. However, Beckett has had to earn every win he's gotten. The Sox, especially last year, are supposed to have a high-powered offense, yet he has never been bailed out of a poor start by getting a lot of offensive support. Here are his starts last year and this year where he got a ND or took a loss despite strong pitching. 2011 He got a no-decision in these games: 8.0 IP, 2 ER 7.0 IP, 0 ER 6.0 IP, 1 ER 6.0 IP, 3 ER 8.0 IP, 0 ER 6.0 IP, 2 ER 6.0 IP, 1 ER And he took the loss in these games 7 IP, 3 ER 6 IP, 2 ER So a 13-7 record could just as easily have been a 22-5 record or at least somewhere in between. And before you say he might have gotten a win in a game he pitched poorly, the only game that comes close is a win he got in a 7 IP, 4 ER game. 2012 He got a no-decision in these games. 7 IP, 2 ER 6 IP, 2 ER And he took looses in: 7 IP, 4 ER 7 IP, 4 ER 8 IP, 2 ER 7 IP, 4 ER 6.2 IP, 3 ER 7 IP, 3 ER So while he's 5-9, with normal run support (Sox teams have been averaging 5.0-plus runs per game), he be as good as 13-3 or more reasonable, 11-5. So for all the posters who want to dump him, it's not exactly easy replacing that performance.
Posted by royf19[/QUOTE]
Thanks for the post, Roy. I dont want to dump Beckett, dont think they do or will. He was in the cy young discussion last year.ERA and W-L doesn tell the whole story. Proven pitching in the ALE is not easy to come by, especially playing in Boston.
From the outside looking in, everyones points the finger at Beckett, but it appears to be a bigger than one player. no one outside the organization knows what the internal issues are. It's up to them to figure and straightened it out.