Posts Tagged ‘Josh Beckett’

Epic Collapse?

September 27, 2011

With two games left and tied for the AL Wild Card, the Boston Red Sox could easily experience the largest collapse in Major League history. On September 1st, the Red Sox were first in the AL East and had a 9 game lead over the Tampa Bay Rays. Flash forward 25 games, and the Red Sox have a very real chance of missing the playoffs. What has happened to the once mighty and dominant Boston?

Well, their offense is still the most potent in the Majors, as they are scoring 5.4 Runs per game in September, which is identical to amount they scored per game up to August 30th. However the Red Sox are not scoring timely runs. Half of their six wins this month, yes six, have come from lopsided 14-0, 18-6, 18-9 victories. Meanwhile, they have lost five one-run games in September. However, the true cause of this monstrous collapse is their pitching. Boston has allowed 6.44 Runs per game in September, compared to the 4.18 Runs per game they allowed through the first 135 games. Check out the horrific numbers from Boston’s starting pitching this month.

ERs Allowed (Blue), Strikeout (Orange) & Walks (Green)

John Lackey has a gargantuan 9.12 ERA and dismal strikeout to walk ratio of 1.17 this month. Jon Lester has a 5.96 ERA and staff ace, Josh Beckett, has allowed six Earned Runs in back to back starts.

With Erik Bedard, who has only one win since being acquired from the Mariners at the trade deadline, and Jon Lester scheduled to start in the last two regular season games, can the Red Sox prevent one of the most epic collapses in baseball history?

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Keys to the Game: Orioles Vs. Red Sox, September 21, 2011

September 21, 2011

The Boston Red Sox are reeling as they currently hold a tenuous two game lead over Tampa Bay in the AL Wild Card Race. The Red Sox are 5-15 in September and have recently dropped two out of three to perpetual AL East cellar dweller Baltimore. Hopefully for Red Sox Nation, Ace Josh Beckett (13-5, 2.50 ERA) can stop the bleeding tonight. Beckett is 4-0 with a 3.03 ERA in his last five starts and 6-1 with a 2.30 ERA in 13 starts at Fenway this year. Check out Beckett’s performance at Fenway in 2011.

Earned Runs Allowed (Blue), HRs Allowed (Orange) & Strikeouts (Green)

Baltimore will counter will Tommy Hunter (4-4, 4.81), who is coming off of his best outing of the season in which he allowed zero runs off of seven hits in seven innings. Hunter hasn’t been too stellar on the road this season allowing 22 Earned Runs in only 30 innings.

Both these clubs have high powered offenses and have already combined for 50 runs in the first three games of this series. Compare Boston’s and Baltimore’s offense.

Will the Beckett and the Red Sox halt their free fall or will the Orioles continue to thrive in their relishing role as spoilers?

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Keys to the Game: Red Sox V Blue Jays, September 5, 2011

September 5, 2011

After losing two straight series last week and relinquishing first place in the AL East, the Boston Red Sox hope a trip north of the boarder will get them back to their winning ways. It will help that their Ace, Josh Beckett (12-5, 2.54 ERA) will take the hill this Labor Day. While Beckett’s career ERA against Toronto is a monstrous 6.57, he only allowed run earlier this year against the Blue Jays and is seeking his fourth straight victory. Toronto will counter with Rookie Henderson Alvarez (1-2, 3.52 ERA), who earned his first Major League win by pitching eight shutout innings in his last start. Compare today’s starting pitchers over their last five starts.

ERs Allowed (Blue), HRs Allowed (Orange) & Strikeouts (Green)

Both clubs boast powerful Dominican sluggers.  Toronto’s Jose Bautista is leading the Majors with 40 Home Runs, his second consecutive 40 Home Run season, and his incredible 8.0 WAR is the highest in the Majors.  Meanwhile, Boston’s DH, David Ortiz, has been on an absolute tear in his last 11 games, hitting .462 with four Home Runs.  Check out Bautista’s and Ortiz’s numbers since August 24th.

RBIs (Blue), Home Runs (Orange) & Total Bases (Green)

Will Bautista be able to pad his MVP caliber stats against Beckett or will Ortiz and the rest of the Red Sox’s big bats rock the rookie at the Rogers Centre?

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Keys to the Game: Red Sox Vs Rangers, August 24, 2011

August 24, 2011

After Scoring 11 Runs last night in their 11-5 victory, the Red Sox will get one of their biggest bats back off of the DL tonight. Boston’s DH David Ortiz (.300 Batting Average and 24 Home Runs) is in the lineup tonight for the first time in 10 days.  Compare Ortiz’s production this season with Ranger’s DH Ian Kinsler.

RBIs (Blue) & Home Runs (Orange)

Ortiz and the rest of the high powered Red Sox offense will face Ranger’s Lefty Matt Harrison (10-8, 3.23 ERA), who has been dominant in his last six starts in Arlington going 4-0, with a 2.16 ERA and a phenomenal Strikeout to Walk ratio of 10.66.

ERs Allowed (Blue), Strikeouts (Orange) & Walks (Green)

Josh Beckett (10-5, 2.46 ERA) gets the call for the Red Sox tonight.  Beckett has struggled against Texas in his career going 2-2 with a 5.53 ERA and allowing six Home Runs in seven starts.

ERs Allowed (Blue), HRs Allowed (Orange) & Strikeouts (Green)

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