Raise your hands, please, everyone who saw this coming. I suppose Josh Beckett could only play with fire so many times in the first inning before he got burnt, badly.
It is especially painful to see someone give up a grand slam after walking two batters in a row. As Beckett is quickly learning, there is simply NO margin for error in the American League. The Indians are one of the best hitting teams in the league, right up there with those Bombers of Bronx. If the Tribe can get any consistent relief pitching this year, they are going to be seriously reckoned with.
One thing that has been frustrating about watching the 2006 Red Sox is that once they fall behind early in the game, you don’t sense that the offense has enough amunition to bring them back. This is far different than the teams of ’03-’05. I’m not sure there’s a whole lot they can do about this until Coco gets back.
It is strange how Beckett was so dominant those first three starts, and into the eighth inning of his fourth start. And then came that horrid eighth inning in Toronto, and it seemed to carry over into tonight.
This guy is fiercely competitive. I’m thinking he finds a way to get it turned around for the big start Tuesday night at Fenway against the Yankees.
For those of you who haven’t done so yet, please scroll down in the blog and give me a post to the question of the week. I’ve had a lot of fun reading through those.