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Thursday, August 09, 2012
Dream of Fair to Middling Starter.
The idea of yanking Beckett out of the rotation was always a reach at best, a break from reality from a sports talk caller. As hideously mediocre as he’s been this season, I never thought he was a worse option than, say, Aaron Cook.
Guess what? Wrong again. Right now, Beckett is only in the rotation because he makes $15 million bucks. That’s it. He is not one of the five best starting pitchers on the roster. Buchholz is clearly better, Lester has shown progress (though it’s amazing to note that he and Beckett have combined to win exactly one game since June 27, a total of 14 starts. The Sox are where they are because of Beckett and Lester. Everything else—Valentine vs. players, rats in the clubhouse, even injuries—is mythology. If Lester and Beckett were earning their keep this team would be a couple of games behind the Yankees and in terrific wild-card position), Doubront has helped keep this season semi-alive and Morales has done more positive in his six starts than Beckett has done in his last 20. To me, Cook is basically a wash with Beckett for the rest of the season. Both are No. 5 starters, it’s just that one acts and is treated like an ace. And if I’m a Sox fan, I’m far less offended when Cook gets pounded. And he gave up one run in seven innings vs. the Rangers on Monday night. You taking him out and keeping Beckett in?
And I think Wednesday’s debacle against the Rangers—eight hits, eight runs in five innings in a must-win game for a team that is running out of time and excuses—was rock bottom for Beckett. We’re finally here. It can’t get any worse.
Posted: August 09, 2012 at 08:56 AM | 59 comment(s)
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