After a slow start, Josh Beckett is having another fine season. Unfortunately for him, the Sox seem unwilling to provide him any support. Five times now, he’s thrown a quality start and received either a loss or a no decision. Conversely, only twice has he received a win or no-decision from a non-quality start.
Today, he looks to take matters into his own hands and help the Sox sweep the Twins, giving Boston the season series and, more importantly, opening up a sizable 3.5-game advantage in the Wild Card and leaving the possibility of narrowing the gap in the division to just two games (or widening their lead over the Yankees to five).
Livan Hernandez, who has a better record this year despite an ERA nearly two runs worse, has fared extremely poorly against American League pitching (5.93 ERA) this year, and hasn’t done too well in his few times facing the Red Sox. The Sox lineup as an aggregate is batting .332/.408/.526 against him in 225 plate appearances.
All this means Hernandez will throw a no-hitter, Beckett will implode and the Sox will lose. That’s just the way things seem to have gone over the last month or so.
Lineups courtesy the Globe: