Nick’s Worst Nightmare

A certain Red Sox pitcher is the early favorite to win the Cy Young award.

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  • Thanks for the Jinx.
    I’m watching him pitch at Fenway on Saturday. Hopefully the Yanks don’t shell him.
    Hey, if Buehrle can throw a no-hitter, Beckett should throw a perfect game.

    Kazz April 19, 2007, 1:44 am
  • 2006:
    Apr. 16 SEA W 3-2 7.0 6 2 1 0 1 5 9 8 101 27 63 W(3-0) – 1.29
    Apr. 11 TOR W 5-3 7.0 3 1 1 0 4 2 12 6 105 26 65 W(2-0) – 1.29
    Apr. 5 @TEX W 2-1 7.0 7 1 1 0 1 5 9 11 109 29 63 W(1-0) – 1.29
    2007:
    Apr. 16 LAA W 7-2 6.0 6 1 1 1 1 5 6 6 99 25 60 W(3-0) – 1.50
    Apr. 10 SEA W 14-3 7.0 2 1 1 0 0 8 9 4 84 23 77 W(2-0) – 1.50
    Apr. 4 @KC W 7-1 5.0 2 1 1 0 4 5 4 8 94 22 60 W(1-0) – 1.80
    Ahhh Paul? He started better last year his first three games. Once he had enough innings logged and those blisters started to threaten, he laid off his breaking stuff significantly and started to get shelled. I really do feel something to that effect will happen again.
    If Beckett wins the CY I’ll fly out to Texas and wash both you and your wife’s cars; plus do any of your yardwork for the weekend. Believe me, it ain’t happening “dood” “I’m wicked serious”.

    bloodyank78 April 19, 2007, 2:32 am
  • ps- Phil Hughes dominated tonight in AAA. 6 IP, 2 hits, 0 BB, 10 SO.

    bloodyank78 April 19, 2007, 2:37 am
  • Sorry for the three straight posts, but before anyone comes with the
    “BY, could you not tell this was a joke regarding Nick and his criticism of JB?”, I want to be clear.
    Yes, yes, I got it. I just wanted to add my own $.02 about the Sheriff and his 3 game hot start.

    bloodyank78 April 19, 2007, 3:05 am
  • //Ahhh Paul? He started better last year his first three games. Once he had enough innings logged and those blisters started to threaten, he laid off his breaking stuff significantly and started to get shelled. I really do feel something to that effect will happen again.//
    Last year, he wasn’t throwing his breaking stuff, or his change, at all. It was nearly all 4-seamers, and nearly all down the middle of the plate. This is why once hitters figured out his game plan they were able to pound him, and he gave up so many homers. He was dominant at times because it’s hard to hit his fastball, but when hitters were sitting on it, he got killed.
    This year, even with the similar start, he looks like a far different pitcher. He’s throwing an improved change at 85-86 that he almost never used last year, he’s got two curves he’s throwing for strikes, and he’s using the 2-seamer a lot in favor of the heat. He also looks like he’s commanding the 4-seamer better, by working the corners as opposed to leaving it down the heart of the plate.
    Now, I’m not trying to say he’s going to win the Cy Young, or that he’s anywhere near Santana territory. But to look at his start from last year vs. this year and assume the exact same kind of implosion will happen just proves you haven’t really been paying attention to the way he’s going about things this time around.
    Oh, and it’s now believed his blister issues were due to eczema breakouts, not his curve, and he’s on medication for it. We’ll see how that ends up working out.

    Steve April 19, 2007, 3:15 am
  • crow tastes like humiliation.

    Nick-YF April 19, 2007, 6:44 am
  • really do feel something to that effect will happen again.
    ___________________________________
    wow, breaking info there…
    ps- Phil Hughes dominated tonight in AAA. 6 IP, 2 hits, 0 BB, 10 SO.
    ______________________________________
    and last time?
    Yes, yes, I got it. I just wanted to add my own $.02 about the Sheriff and his 3 game hot start.
    why? To convince yourself that this year’s Beckett learned absolutely nothing his first year in the AL East, and is bound to revert to what he was last year? If it helps you, go right ahead.
    Nick, Crow is nice on the grill. Trust me, I have a ton of ways to make it tasty! ha.

    Brad April 19, 2007, 9:07 am
  • Believe me, it ain’t happening “dood” “I’m wicked serious”.
    Believe him, he can see into the future, and he knows for a fact it ‘aint Beckett.

    Brad April 19, 2007, 9:09 am
  • “ps- Phil Hughes dominated tonight in AAA. 6 IP, 2 hits, 0 BB, 10 SO.”
    have you got any Yankees little league stats as well? becasue that would be about nearly as relevant right now…

    Tom April 19, 2007, 9:12 am
  • ps- Phil Hughes dominated tonight in AAA. 6 IP, 2 hits, 0 BB, 10 SO
    Is he getting the call up this weekend?

    Brad April 19, 2007, 9:14 am
  • I kid, of course. I can’t imagine they would take him out of the barn and right into the race… he needs to be cultivated and groomed like the finely tuned animal that he is.

    Brad April 19, 2007, 9:16 am
  • Ramon Ortiz isn’t doing so bad either!

    Lar April 19, 2007, 9:16 am
  • Brad – ya, I hope they take their time with Hughes, and go the Santana route – put him as a long relief man near the end of the season.
    By the way, yes, I’m the idiot that dropped Santana after that long relief season in a lifetime league. Still hasn’t lived that down!

    Lar April 19, 2007, 9:18 am
  • It’s official — Pettitte, Wright and Karstens against Schilling, Matsuzaka and Beckett. Not to make grand predictions — because that’d be dumb — but if I had to pick the starting matchups to give the Sox the best chance to win, it’d come pretty close to that.

    Paul SF April 19, 2007, 9:33 am
  • idiot that dropped Santana after
    ouch, Lar.

    Brad April 19, 2007, 9:38 am
  • Nick with the garden variety jinx here. Wicked lame, as they’d say in Boston. What’s next, a post about how durable JD Drew has been or how lights-out and healthy Papelbon looks?
    Nice try, Nick. Nobody’s fooled.

    SF April 19, 2007, 10:01 am
  • My apologies for doubting Mr.Beckett’s abilities. I will not let it happen again. ;)

    bloodyank78 April 19, 2007, 11:54 am
  • It also should be noted that Schilling, Beckett, Dice-K and Wakefield all have ERAs less than 3.0. Yes, it’s still very early, but that’s pretty damn impressive through three starts each.
    By my count, that’s 11 quality starts in 13 games. A little more run support and the Red Sox could be 10-3 (maybe even 11-2, but you have to give King Felix some credit).
    My kingdom for some runs …

    I'm Bill McNeal April 19, 2007, 12:08 pm
  • Oy, my bad. I thought Nick put up this post, I didn’t even bother looking at the author.
    Paul: what are you smoking? Why would you do this?!?!

    SF April 19, 2007, 12:09 pm
  • lol, A. I like to tempt fate, and B. I don’t belive in jinxes.

    Paul SF April 19, 2007, 12:23 pm

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