A quick peek at Josh Beckett, whose shutdown of the Minnesota Twins last night was overshadowed by a certain slugger, and some more of his numbers:
- Wins: 16, career-high, ranked #5 in the AL. One more start remaining, at least.
- 198.0 Innings, a career-high, in the AL, where pitchers get yanked more often than Ron Jeremy (it’s been a while since we had one of those references)
- 32 starts and counting, also a career-high.
- WHIP: 1.29, by my quick estimation that puts him at #16 among starters in the AL, #13 amongst starters who have played the full season
- 150K, #13 in the AL
- 1.000 fielding percentage, #18 ranked in range factor amongst full-time starters, ahead of even the revered Mike Mussina, and significantly so.
- 26 years old, and counting.
Just goes to show you that disappointment is relative. Beckett, no doubt disappointing, has still been a good, and potentially great, pickup. Hanley Ramirez, Anibal Sanchez, and no-hitters notwithstanding. This is what good trades are all about.