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The Josh Beckett haters have been coming out in droves all season; a lot of the hate has been warranted, some not so much. Beckett has not been good this season (5-9 record, 4.54 ERA), but he has not been terrible by his standards (his ERA is only 3rd highest in his 7 seasons with the Red Sox). He has had three starts with 6 earned runs or more, but has also had seven starts with 2 earned runs or less (not including his last shortened start). Many do not care about advanced statistics, but if you look at Beckett's Fielding Independent Pitching (FIP) - which measure's what a player's ERA should look like assuming that all batting averages on balls in play and the timing at which balls drop in for hits are at the league average - he has been above average. In other words, take out the bad luck that Beckett has faced this year in terms of leaving runners on base, and his ERA would currently sit at 3.54. That's lower than his FIP last year, and lowest since 2008. Perform...
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BOSTON –– These boos weren't injury related. These boos weren't golf related. These boos were strictly performance related. Making his first start since July 31, Josh Beckett didn't play up to par. The Red Sox right-hander took the mound in Wednesday's 10-9 loss, allowing three home runs and a season-high eight runs to the Rangers, as his season continues to spiral...
The Boston Red Sox probably feel as if they have seen it and been through it all when it comes to starting pitcher Josh Beckett, who has to be the most arrogant, yet whiny, player in all of baseball. But even they can’t believe what they heard from Beckett this time, following yet another poor start where the pitcher could not make it out of the third inning.
Josh Beckett gave up three runs to the Rangers in the first inning Wednesdy, which is never a good thing. At the very least, though, it provided a starting point for the Red Sox offense in plotting an attack. NESN Nation's Dan Duquette points out that while the Sox never like playing from behind, Beckett's tendency to settle down after the first few innings also gives his...
Josh Beckett returned to the Boston Red Sox's rotation with a bang. Actually, three bangs. Making his first start since July 31 after being slowed by back spasms, Beckett allowed three homers and a season-high eight runs and got a no-decision Wednesday in Boston's 10-9 loss to the Texas Rangers. Beckett had gone 12 starts without allowing a home run. But as he walked...
Josh Beckett’s New Home: The Bench
A.B. Second to only John Lackey, Red Sox pitcher Josh Beckett may be the most hated athlete in Boston right now. And with quotes like, “We get 18 off days a year, I think we deserve a little time to ourselves,” he isn’t helping his cause.
But regardless of what he says and what he does while he’s on the DL (golf) – the fact is that his...
We're betting Josh Beckett can get some decent velocity on a bowling ball too. The Red Sox starter will be using his right arm to toss a different kind of ball on Monday, August 20, as Beckett trades in baseballs for bowling balls as part of the sixth annual Beckett Bowl charity event. In addition to a celebrity bowling tournament, the evening will also feature silent auctions...
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Let’s boil down the problems of the 2012 Red Sox to a real short list.
At the top is Josh Beckett, and then comes Jon Lester. That’s where it begins and that’s where it ends.
It’s not the offense...
Don't blame any physical ailments for Josh Beckett's tough afternoon on Wednesday. Despite making his first start since being skipped in his last turn in the rotation due to back spasms, the big right-hander says he "felt strong" on the hill as he took on the Texas Rangers. The results were not so strong, however, as Beckett yielded eight runs over five innings...
Josh Beckett had another dreadful outing in Thursday's 10-9 loss to Texas.
Beckett surrendered eight runs, including three homers, on eight hits and two walks with just two strikeouts. He continued the annoying trend of Red Sox starters' inability to perform in the 1st inning, as he walked the leadoff hitter, and allowed a steal and a bunt single before giving up a triple...
Editor's note: NESN.com is going to tell the story of the 2012 Red Sox in Bobby Valentine’s words. Each game day, we will select the best Valentine quote that sums up the day for the Red Sox. After the game, standing at his locker and answering to the media, Josh Beckett looked despondent and his eyes appeared to be red as he spoke in an understated, monotone voice about his...
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Red Sox (55-56)
Pitching: RHP Josh Beckett (5-9, 4.54)
It was a another rough outing for Josh Beckett yesterday afternoon at Fenway Park. The right-hander gave up eight runs on eight hits in 5 plus innings of work. The Red Sox battled back from multi-run deficits all game long, eventually tying the game at nine, but Adrian Beltre’s sacrifice fly in the ninth gave the Rangers the lead and the Sox couldn’t do any more in the bottom...
The Red Sox hope to head into a lengthy road trip by winning their rubber match with the Rangers on Wednesday afternoon at Fenway Park. After three straight games at DH, Cody Ross returns to right field to give Matt Lavarnway some at-bats as the club's DH. Kelly Shoppach returns to catcher and Pedro Ciriaco gets his eighth start of the season at shortstop. Carl Crawford has found...
After falling 6-3 last night, the Boston Red Sox look to take the series this afternoon in the rubber game of a three-game set with the Texas Rangers at historic Fenway Park.
First pitch is scheduled for 1:35 p.m. and will be broadcast on NESN in the Red Sox television market. If you live in the Rangers television market, you can catch the game on FOX Sports Southwest. If you...