Re: Why all the LOVE for FAT-CAT-BECKETT$ ?? In the last days of THEOS WATCH...........
posted at 2/7/2013 9:16 AM EST
In response to Hfxsoxnut's comment:
I guess if you are 100% sure his injuries were caused by being out of shape or a poor attitude, then partially blaming him for our decline is justified.
Beckett had a brilliant year in 2007 that should always be appreciated. But at the end of the day I have to say his Boston career was a disappointment.
2006 5.01 ERA
2008 pitched well most of the year but injured at the end
2009 pitched well about 2/3 of the year then pitched badly at the end
2010 injured, 5.78 ERA
2011 pitched well until September, got injured and pitched badly in crucial final starts
2012 injuries, 5.23 ERA
Out of 7 seasons, really only one where you felt he pitched up to his abilities for a whole season.
None of us will ever know for a fact why he had "off years", but some here act like they know it all.
You were being pretty selective in your choice of stats by claiming he had only 1 year out of 7 where he pitched to "his abilities". For one thing, have you and others here ever thought his drive and attitude might have helped him pitch "above his abilities" in 2003 and 2007 and other years? That maybe he pushed too hard and that is what caused him to break down late in some seasons? Is that even a slight possibility? (I'm not saying it is, but my point is, we will never know.)
2006: His 1st year in the AL and in one of the toughest hitting divisions of the roid era, he still managed to go 16-11 in 33 starts and 205 IP. True- maybe not the best of his abilities, but what pitcher does his best every year?
2007: Legendary season (20-7 3.27 1.14 WHIP) The playoffs were superb.
2008: 27 starts. 7th in AL in WHIP, but poor luck = 12-10 4.03
2009: 32 starts and the most IP in his career w BOS (212) 17-6 3.86 Come on! You really expected 2007 x 7 years? Is every pitcher not living up to his expectations because they don't repeat their career year every year?
2010: Lost season with only 21 GS. Clearly injury-related numbers.
2011: He actually pitched better than in 2007. 4th in WHIP (1.026) and his best ERA with Boston (2.89). He had 30 starts, and people want to blame him for 3 missed starts and 2 poor ill-timed starts- forgetting that he only let up 7 ERS inhis previous 4 starts vs TEX, NYY, TOR & TBR. The guy got no support from his teammates all year. He bailed them out countless times, but when he pitches 2 poor games- all the blame is his.
How about this?
3.2 0 (left injured)
Or some of his losses...
Although he only went 13-7, the team went 20-10 in his starts. That's pretty good to not be "at your abilities".
You guys need to stop blaming 1 player for 2011. And if you have to choose one player, it is absurd to put Josh at the top of your list.