Game 3

It is Game 3 here in the heart of Texas and it’s a hot Texas day, appropriate weather for a Texan like Josh Beckett to make his first start in a Boston uniform.

  I’m going to make a prediction on Beckett tonight. Let’s see how close I come.

  7 innings, 6 hits, 2 ER, 3 BB, 9 K’s; 115 pitches; 78 strikes.

  would anyone else like to chime in with a prediction?

  Ian.

12 Comments

Rival blogger alert!

Here’s my prediction for Beckett’s first start: 5 2/3 innings, 8 hits, 5 runs, 2 walks, 6 strikeouts in a Sox loss.

I just won’t believe in any of these young NL pitchers making a smooth transition to the AL right away, and pitching in that launching pad won’t help him.

I feel pretty strong in saying that his debut will be a no-hitter.

Wilkerson has tagged him a couple times, DeRosa hits .333 against him, but for the most part it’s strange lovin’ and he’ll have the upper hand the first time around.

You guys will be handing out slips after the third inning at Ameriquest, after the sixth inning you’ll be making everyone back here nervous, and after the ninth inning you’ll be writing a million sidebars.

Newman

http://mlblogs.mlblogs.com

ps, what does Feinsand’s son predict for this one?

I’m going to predict that Josh Bard is going to have a flashback to last night while sitting on the bench and break down crying inconsolably.

But the no-no for Becket would be cool, too.

Timmy Mac

http://www.reverendtim.com

Kudos to my man Mark for chiming in with a prediction. But just a disclaimer on his gloomy prediction for Beckett tonight. This is the same man who picks the Yankees to win the World Series this year. Sorry pal, couldn’t resist.

My friend Ari is swearing Beckett will pitch another 5 hitter (i.e. Game 6 of 2003 World Series)
I’ve got to say Yankee man Mark is way off on his prediction.

Mine: 6 IP, 7 H, 3 ER, 2 BB, 8 K

-REL

http://catchingredsox.mlblogs.com/

I’ll be the optimist:

Beckett: 6-4-1-1-8

Manny gets his stuff tgether and the Sox win 7-2. … Great blog so far, Ian. Love the Ortiz stuff!!

Allan

joyofsox.blogspot.com

Okay, I’m in.

7 IP, 6 H, 2 ER, 2 BB, 9 K – I just looked at Ian’s prediction – guess I’m thinking along those same lines.

I don’t want to see 115 pitches. I’d like to see about 90.

So, was Mark’s prediction his way of jinxing Beckett’s no-hitter before it even begins?

I think Beckett was a little too amped up in the first inning, but now he seems to be in a groove.

Once he and Tek got on the same page…wow.

12 out of the last 13 batters he faced went down. He was pumped!

I’m man enough to admit when I’m wrong. Beckett pitched very well. Of course, Pavano pitched well in his AL debut, too :-)

We’re in the bottom of the fifth here in Oakland after almost two hours. Zzzzzz.

Looks like Cyn wins…pretty darn close.

Boston IP H R ER BB K

Beckett 7.0 7 1 1 1 5

Beckett did pretty darn well last night. I’m a happy chickie right now.

It was interesting to see that our starter and our closer are both such babes (age-wise I mean, the 40 year-old who pitched between them is more my speed!). Red Sox fans are historically guarded about embracing the youth movement…I think that’s changing quickly!

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