Found August 12, 2012 on
Anyone who has followed the career of Josh Beckett knows that he is reluctant to change. Pitching coaches and managers have come and gone and all ended up throwing up their hands and saying that the best way to deal with the big righthander is to let him do his thing. Apparently, Beckett is now reluctant to turn the pages of the calendar as well.
Okay, maybe that’s an exaggeration but there is a very odd statistical anomaly in Beckett’s performance this year. Consider the following:
That trail of tears amounts to a line like this: ERA: 10.80, WHIP 1.680, K/9 6.12, HR/9 3.60
What do those starts have in common? Those are Beckett’s first starts of each month of the 2012 baseball season. It’s hard to believe that his ERA would be above 11.00 in first starts of the month were it no...
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In 2007, Josh Beckett finished second in the AL Cy Young voting. He led the league with 20 wins. He was a 4.8 PWARP player, good for third in MLB. He struck out 8.7 batters per nine innings and finished with 194 punchouts.
Fast forward to 2012. Beckett’s win-loss record is 5-9; more importantly, his walk rate is up, and his strikeout rate is down. He’s been worth 0.5 PWARP, good...
David Ortiz has not been happy with the Boston Red Sox for over a year now. He is not the same Big Papi that Red Sox Nation has come to know and love over the past nine seasons in Beantown. And while he has voiced his displeasure over his unhappiness relating to his contract, it may be Ortiz who is punishing the Red Sox this time.
Out since July 17, many within the Boston...
Will Middlebrooks' stellar rookie year may have met its end. Middlebrooks was drilled on the right wrist by a pitch in Friday night's win over the Indians and taken for X-rays. Peter Abraham of the Boston Globe now reports that Middlebrooks' wrist is broken, sidelining him immediately and likely leaving him out of action for the rest of the season since just seven weeks...
In the ninth inning of a 3-2 win over the Cleveland Indians last night, Will Middlebrooks was hit by a Esmil Rogers fastball and was forced to leave the game. Manager Bobby Valentine sounded pessimistic about the prognosis immediataly after the game, and news broke late last night that Middlebrooks did indeed break his right wrist.
The injury is expected to sideline Middlebrooks...
Crawford looks more comfortable in Boston this year but there is no sense delaying his Tommy John surgery
The Red Sox signed Carl Crawford to a monster contract before the 2011 season and Crawford had a disappointing first year in Boston. He hit only .255 and stole only 18 bases, well below his career totals when he was in Tampa where he regularly terrorized the Red Sox. Crawford...
This is the Jon Lester the Red Sox were awaiting. After allowing the first two batters he faced to reach base in Sunday's 14-1 laugher over Cleveland, Lester reverted to dominant form, allowing just three hits in six innings while punching out 12 batters. "My confidence never strayed," Lester told reporters. "My game plan was there, my thought process was there...
Ryan Lavarnway faced several questions Sunday afternoon before Boston's game against the Indians -- but they weren't from a group of beat writers. Rather, players from the 10-year-old district Little League team from Southborough, Mass., were the ones firing away. The team was in the NESN studio as part of Little League Sunday and had the opportunity to ask the Red Sox catcher...
At 92 years of age, I can’t say that Johnny Pesky was ever old. He may have aged some in later years, but I never saw him as anything other than youthful. I am known for reporting on the business of sports, but I have always loved interviewing players and have done so with many, including “Needle Nose” aka Pesky.
When his passing was announced today, myself and others were...
Clay Buchholz was magnificent on Friday night staking his claim as the Red Sox number one starter
There have been very few things to be happy about as a Boston Red Sox fan this season. In fact, I can count the number of things on one hand:
The emergence of Will Middlebrooks as a legitimate MLB ready player has expedited a mini-youth movement for the Boston Red Sox. Granted, the...
The Red Sox had lost 3 games in a row and needed a great outing from Clay Buchholz more than ever. Buchholz did just that and once again looked like he might actually be the ace of the rotation. Buchholz not only pitched well, he pitched a complete two hit game in the win over the Tribe.
Buchholz gave up a run early when he gave up a solo HR to Asdrubal Cabrera in the 2nd...
It used to be so easy to find a sucker in Major League Baseball. Have a bad contract that you want to get rid of? Well, in the pre-luxury tax days of MLB, all you had to do is eat a minimum of salary and don’t expect much in return, and you could be well on your way to ridding yourself of an albatross of a contract and free up money for the future. After three seasons in Anaheim...
For 23 starts, we watched Jon Lester struggle like we've never seen before in his career. But for the first time this season yesterday afternoon, we watched the Boston Red Sox starter dominate a team in the Cleveland Indians.
Of course it didn't hurt that the offense got him 14 runs in the first five innings, five of them coming in the first two innings. And with a lead...
Right now, the Red Sox' rotation is Clay Buchholz and a bunch of questions marks. For a team 5 1/2 games out of a playoff spot, that's not a good position to be in. That may not be entirely fair to Franklin Morales, who has pitched well over the last two months while alternating between the rotation and the bullpen. But the fact remains that manager Bobby Valentine won'...
It's been a long and arduous wait for David Ortiz, whose troublesome right Achilles has kept him out of 25 straight games since he first injured his heel July 16. Heading into the Cleveland series, it seemed as though Ortiz -- who has been taking batting practice regularly -- would be back in his usual spot in the lineup by the time Boston left Ohio. But Ortiz encountered a bit...
CLEVELAND (AP) -- Jon Lester struck out 12 over six innings for his first win in six weeks and the Boston Red Sox salvaged a four-game split by routing the Cleveland Indians 14-1 Sunday.
Adrian Gonzalez hit a two-run homer and two-run double. Carl Crawford had three RBIs and three of Boston's seven doubles.
The Red Sox built a 6-1 lead against Corey Kluber (0-1) and scored...