May 10, 2006

THOUGH, WITH A HEART THAT BIG...:

Beckett sparkles under lights in Big Apple (Michael Silverman, May 10, 2006, Boston Herald)

Josh Beckett did not wash his hair in champagne after another victory at Yankee Stadium last night.

His seven-inning start was near championship-caliber, however, in the Red Sox’ 14-3 romp over the Yankees. After one bad pitch - a fastball in Jason Giambi’s wheelhouse that resulted in a 2-0 first-inning deficit - Beckett was in close to ace form the rest of the way. He did not allow another hit or base-runner until Robinson Cano’s one-out double in the fifth led to the Yankees’ third and final run of the night.

Beckett cruised the rest of the way, though he didn’t quite duplicate his complete-game effort of Game 6 of the 2003 World Series.

That was his last appearance here, back when he and the Marlins beat the Yankees to win it all. [...]

There was a brief scare for Beckett in his final inning when Cano hit a sharp come-backer that glanced off the bottom of Beckett’s left calf. Beckett looked fine immediately afterward, and he emphatically waved away a concerned troupe of Red Sox non-players that ran out of the dugout to check him out.

“I’m fine,” said Beckett. “It’s a long ways away from my heart.”

And Sean MacAdam captures the two teams in two sentences: "Not too long ago, Randy Johnson and Josh Beckett were both World Series MVPs. The difference, of course, was that Johnson was already 38 when he earned his honor and Beckett was merely 23."

Posted by Orrin Judd at May 10, 2006 12:02 AM
Comments

Unloop.

Posted by: oj at May 10, 2006 8:15 AM

How'd Steinbrenner let this kid go to Boston?

Posted by: Tom C.,Stamford,Ct at May 10, 2006 8:52 AM

Go Blue Jays!

Posted by: Raoul Ortega at May 10, 2006 10:10 AM

George favors signing pitchers who are at least old enough to be eligible to run for president.

Johnson's like that 10-year-old car that takes longer and longer to start up on cold mornings. Aside from his success last season against the Sox, he really didn't do much until almost the All-Star break. At his age now, it's tough to say if that secnario will be repeated, or if he's going to just stagger through the season relying on the Yanks' hitting to get him wins against the non-playoff contenders.

Posted by: John at May 10, 2006 10:11 AM

I've been waiting since I was a freshman in high school for the hated Yankees to not make the playoffs and I don't want to jinx it by making any predictions but things are looking good. Hopefully Pavano can come back soon and continue the batting practice he was throwing in games like last year.

Posted by: andrew at May 10, 2006 11:25 AM

A few stats to disabuse you of that notion Andrew:

The Yanks offense is 2nd in runs scored, 3rd in batting avg, 1st in obp, and 3rd in ops in the AL

The Yanks pitching is 3rd in era, 3rd in whip, 3rd in k/bb, 3rd in ba, and 2nd in ops.

Those are the numbers of a world championship caliber team.

Add to that the fact that their only competition for a playoff place in the AL east is the Sawx, whose numbers aren't close to compatible, especially offensively, and the Yanks as a near a lock to make the playoffs as anybody in baseball.

And they're doing all of this with their starting rf injured, and their MVP 3rd baseman in the worst slump of his career, and a middle relief corps that will look radically different before the all-star break -- no more Sturtz and Small -- replaced with some very good talent in the minors.

Posted by: Jim in Chicago at May 10, 2006 12:32 PM

Yeah I knew that their stats were good but I'm not giving up hope.

Posted by: andrew at May 10, 2006 12:54 PM

Was Bloody Sawk throwing batting practice tonight or what? A Rod couldn't have hit that farther if you'd teed it up and given him a driver.

I think Schilling was crying in the dugout after one particularly tough inning.

Posted by: Jim in Chicago at May 10, 2006 11:47 PM

Yes, neither of the #2s looked good tonight.

Posted by: oj at May 11, 2006 12:05 AM

Moose looked prettty darn good from where I was sitting. Can't fault him for giving up a dinger to Papi, what righty doesn't? But then he settled in quite nicely. A quality start by any measure.

Posted by: Jim in Chicago at May 11, 2006 12:53 AM

Who, Mr. May?

Posted by: oj at May 11, 2006 7:12 AM
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