Found April 30, 2012 on RedSoxLife:
Much has been made of Josh Beckett's affinity for Jason Varitek, but the numbers speak for themselves. Before last season, Josh Beckett Boston threw over 731 innings to Jason Varitek, during that he had a 3.90 ERA with Varitek behind the plate. At the same point before last season,  Beckett had pitched 201.2 innings to other catchers and had a 5.53 ERA.It may seem foolish for a top of the rotation "ace" to have to a personal catcher, or to have such a drastic split, but this isn't the first time. Greg Maddux used to exclusively pitch to "Eddie Perez" in Atlanta. That meant that every 5th day the Braves would sit one of the best hitting catchers in the NL to play a pudgie guy with a creepy mustache, all so Maddux felt comfortable. Pitchers can be a weird bunch. Well, it's beginning to look like the Sox won't have to bring Tek back and prop him up behind the plate for the rest of Beckett's time with the team. After Beckett's first start, i...
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