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Beckett Poised to Jumpstart Red Sox Season

Posted on: April 5, 2011 3:56 pm
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Hopefully Josh Beckett can get the Red Sox started on the path everyone believes they are destined to go down this year. I'm not sure what sign Beckett is, nor do I particularly believe in astrology, but everything seems to be aligned to make this a nearly perfect situation to begin a bounceback year for both Josh and the Sox.
Josh Beckett is a big game pitcher; there is no better proof than his 2003 World Series MVP Award against the New York Yankees. More relevant to Red Sox fans was his pitching against Cleveland in 2007 that sparked a comeback from a 3-1 deficit in the ALCS. His record in that series was a stellar 2-0 with a 1.93 ERA; this effort garnered him the ALCS MVP Award. He continued that effort with a winning effort in the World Series that year in game one against the Colorado Rockies by pitching seven innings and only allowing one run off six hits, with nine strikeouts.
This game is not of the same magnitude as those previous, but the Red Sox need a jumpstart, and Beckett may be just the person to give it. His psyche still tells him that he's capable of being the ace of that staff, even with great young pitchers in Jon Lester and Clay Buchholz. He's still got the heart of a champion, and he knows how to carry a team that needs a lift.  
There are other factors that may lead to a breakout game by the Sox. Red Sox hitters aren't accustomed to long losing streaks, and the mix of veterans and young players should lend to a hitters' delight tonight. It's also the Cleveland Indians; this isn't to say that the Indians aren't a good team, it's just to state the obvious that they aren't on the same level as the Sox. They can certainly beat the Sox on any given night, but I'd be willing to bet that out of 100 games, the Sox would win 95 of them with current lineups. This isn't the Indians team of the early nineties when Manny roamed their outfield, and Bartolo Colon aced a staff that annually made them contenders. This is a team working with some young talented players to rebuild.
Josh Beckett will undoubtedly get these young and veteran free-swingers to flail hopelessly at his pitches. He worked on some mechanical issues in the spring, and showed some comfort in his last outing of the spring when he pitched five innings allowing only one hit. Those mechanics are starting to feel more like second nature to him, hopefully that means great things for the Red Sox. They certainly need a shot in the arm at this early juncture in the season. Hopefully one of the most clutch pitchers in recent memory can prove that he's just the guy to give the ball to.
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Since: Jan 27, 2009
Posted on: April 6, 2011 12:27 pm
 

Beckett Poised to Jumpstart Red Sox Season

Im just looking for a good game! Guess who ever deals best with rain & mid-30s temps will come out on top.





Since: Feb 13, 2011
Posted on: April 6, 2011 12:17 pm
 

Beckett Poised to Jumpstart Red Sox Season

Feel the same way Capt! Looking forward to tonight's game. hoping for a win Ha Ha



Since: Jan 27, 2009
Posted on: April 6, 2011 11:46 am
 

Beckett Poised to Jumpstart Red Sox Season

Hey RSF25 - mostly just reacting to the negative comments about the Indians. If those hadnt been there I wouldnt of bothered. Nothing irks me more then someone that only looks at the picture through homer-colored glasses.




Since: Feb 13, 2011
Posted on: April 6, 2011 11:34 am
 

Beckett Poised to Jumpstart Red Sox Season

Well Capt ..seeing as how he only gave up 3 runs and no long balls.. even though it was a loss it was a good sign at least in my opinion .Considering how the "Aces" got shelled .Beckett looked good for those 5 inningsand the BP came through. Hopefully it gets better and I dont see any reason why it wouldnt.

And again Good game last night



Since: Jan 27, 2009
Posted on: April 6, 2011 10:44 am
 

Beckett Poised to Jumpstart Red Sox Season


Josh Beckett will undoubtedly get these young and veteran free-swingers to flail hopelessly at his pitches. 

How'd that work out for ya? Tongue out





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