Saturday, March 26, 2011

Beckett Slammed...Toronto 11 Boston 8

Josh Beckett, in his last spring training outing, working on some of the things that have made him an average pitcher for too long, started the Saturday game down in the Sunshine State and was not effective...again. He went six full innings but gave up seven runs, six of them earned and struck out five in what turned into another lousy Boston Red Sox pitching effort. This is getting ri-goddamn-diculous Here Josh hmiself...

“Results aside, I felt like I did some things that we’ve been working on. I got to take some positives away from that. But obviously the results are what they are.”

Yes Josh, the results SUCK! What happened to you? Is it physical, something that forced you to change something in your magic motion towards the plate? I have to be honest, Josh. Now I'm getting worried. Sox pitching coach Curt Young, who along with Red Sox skipper Terry Francona has watched every mound move made by the team's ex-ace this spring, says Beckett is still a work in progress...

“You’re always looking to mix new pitches in to help you with your game. He went with the cutter last year. We really haven’t gotten into it yet this spring, but it may come as we go. The results stink but there were some good things that happened. The fundamental thing about him is feeling good throwing the baseball every time. You can try to find a lot of different things, but as long as he feels good about how he’s throwing his fastball, hitting his spots, that’s going to make him work.”

If you click on this post's title, you can view pictures and then vote on your favorite Boston Red Sox right fielder since 1967. I won't give away the winner but it wasn't even close. Click on that title and as always, BE WELL. Have a great weekend. You deserve it.

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