Josh Beckett has been spectacular in the playoffs, allowing just three earned runs in 23 innings while striking out 26 and walking one. Let that soak in, and then marvel at his career 3.60 ERA at Coors Field. Jeff Francis enjoyed the best year of his career. He was 17-9 with a 4.22 ERA. He is 2-0 in the playoffs with a 2.13 ERA and 12 strikeouts in 12 2/3 innings. Francis outdueled Beckett at Fenway Park in 2007, allowing no runs over five innings on June 14. Beckett gave up 10 hits and six runs; it was his worst start all year.
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Josh Beckett has been spectacular in the playoffs, allowing just three earned runs in 23 innings while striking out 26 and walking one. Let that soak in, and then marvel at his career 3.60 ERA at Coors Field. Jeff Francis enjoyed the best year of his career. He was 17-9 with a 4.22 ERA. He is 2-0 in the playoffs with a 2.13 ERA and 12 strikeouts in 12 2/3 innings. Francis outdueled Beckett at Fenway Park in 2007, allowing no runs over five innings on June 14. Beckett gave up 10 hits and six runs; it was his worst start all year.
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