Boston Red Sox (87-70) @ Chicago White Sox (84-73) Josh Beckett (6-5, 5.77) @ Freddy Garcia (11-6, 4.74) 8:10 PM EDT | U.S. Cellular Field (Chicago, Ill.) TV: NESN RADIO: WEEI 850, SBN 1150 GAME NOTES: As Josh Beckett looks to end a sub-par year (and that’s being generous) on a good note, the Boston [...]
Chicago White Sox (75-60) @ Boston Red Sox (76-60) Mark Buerhle (12-10, 3.92) @ Josh Beckett (4-4, 5.93) 1:35 PM EDT | Fenway Park (Boston, Mass) TV: NESN RADIO: WEEI 850, SBN 1150 GAME NOTES: Don’t put a Red sock in with the Whites. It just gets ugly. After dropping both games of [...]
It hasn’t exactly been a great return to the Red Sox rotation for Josh Beckett. With a 6.82 ERA in August and a fresh four-year/$68 million dollar contract extension on his shoulders, Beckett has been a major source of frustration for Sox fans. Yesterday, Beckett had a “better” outing, going 6.1 innings while allowing three [...]
In the few years he spent with the Boston Red Sox farm system, David Pauley wasn’t half the pitcher that Josh Beckett was. However, tonight, he will head into Fenway a Mariner, with half of Beckett’s ERA.
Sox Catch Tampa Bay
The Sox finally playing inspired baseball, the club has been rolling with a 14-5 record in June. Meanwhile, the Devil Rays have stagnated, posting just an 8-9 mark over that period.
It has been a long time coming, but the Red Sox have finally drawn even at second place with in-division foe Tampa Bay.
It’s difficult to do justice to how great of an accomplishment this is. A team that appeared dead in the water not one month ago has risen from the ashes back to contention — all the while combating debilitating injuries and emergency call ups.
Should Daisuke Matsuzaka and Josh Beckett, especially, come back strong from their injuries, the club could once again have the MLB’s best rotation. A 1-2-3 of Beckett, Jon Lester, and a surging Clay Buchholz would rival that of any in the league. John Lackey and Matsuzaka at 4 and 5 would make the Rays and Yankees green with envy.
With Ellsbury in left and Hermida the fourth outfielder, the lineup will see a tremendous boost.
The best is yet to come.
Or is it?
After being scratched from his last start due to back pains, the Boston Red Sox will send Josh Beckett to the mound, a night after the team reacquired a losing record. The New York Yankees will do their best to widen the gap in the AL East, as C.C. Sabathia gets the start.
In a surprise and somewhat troubling scratch, Josh Beckett will not start today’s early game for the Boston Red Sox, as Boston tries to complete a sweep of the Toronto Blue Jays. Instead, veteran workhorse Tim Wakefield, fresh from a recent bullpen stint, will get the nod in Beckett’s place.
Drew Back on Track
No Sox hitter in the past two weeks has been hotter than J.D. Drew. In Boston’s last ten games, he’s batted 17-for-36 with three homers. The eight Ks are a bit unfortunate, but nothing concerning.
Not including last night, his first strike percentage is down to 63.4 from 72.7, his BABIP is up to .329 from .194.
What is particularly exciting about Drew’s performance is the type of contact he’s making. Besides it being hard and consistent, he’s been doing an excellent job of sending the ball the other way on two strikes.
According to MLB.com’s Fenway Park hit chart, Drew has four opposite field singles this season to go along with two doubles. In 2009, he had all of five singles (seven depending on how narrowly or widely you define the left field) and five doubles (up to nine for the width of left field).
In particular, Drew has been serving these opposite field singles with two strikes. Keeping his hands back and serving outside pitches into right field means he’s timing the ball much better than he had been. Lots of hitters in slumps will get ahead of the pitch and roll the ball over to the pull side…
The biggest rivalry in baseball returns tonight as the Boston Red Sox begin their second series of the year against the New York Yankees. The first meeting between the two titans saw the Red Sox draw first blood on opening night, while they ultimately fell short of the series victory. Tonight, Terry Francona will send his ace Josh Beckett out to the hill to take on Phil Hughes at Fenway Park.
There’s just not a whole lot that can be said after a club gets swept by the worst team in baseball.
Maybe “worst team in baseball” is a bit unfair to the Baltimore Orioles, but they earned that title by entering the weekend’s series at 4-18 (.181 winning percentage).
Even a silver lining is tough to come by in this one.
The Sox seem to have whatever April malady ailed the ’08 and ’09 Yankees — characterized by having either the offense or pitching working on any given night, but never at the same time, leading to frustrating losses and swings in performance.
This past weekend was no different: the offense was stellar on Saturday, but Daisuke Matsuzaka, predictably, blew up while Tim Wakefield chipped in to combine for twelve runs allowed — including 10 in the fifth and sixth innings. The Sox lost 12-9…