Josh Beckett looks to become the major’s first 16-game winner tonight. Hopefully, the Red Sox’ bats will wake up and realize that when runners are on base, you must drive them home.
Sadly, as a defender of his, I must agree that J.D. Drew was somewhat the goat last night. With two on and one out and one run in the Lowell sac fly, he needed to do more than pop out. That opportunity was the difference in the game. [Retracted. Jason Varitek was far worse last night –PSF] Daisuke Matsuzaka is now the best 10-loss pitcher in baseball. That’s really unfortunate. He deserves better.
Onward and upward now to Beckett, who has been incredible this month — 2-0 in three starts with a 1.61 ERA, three walks and 25 strikeouts. He’s allowing a .548 OPS this month, as well. He faces lefty John Danks, whose August hasn’t been quite as good (0-4, 7.91). The Sox roughed him up last outing; let’s hope for a repeat and a gain on the Yanks in the loss column tonight.