While the hugeness of Josh Beckett’s dominating performance against Cleveland last night/this morning continues to sink in, consider this:
- This was the sixth straight postseason start in which Beckett went at least six innings, gave up no more than two runs and struck out at least seven. He’s 5-1 with a 0.93 ERA, 56 strikeouts in 48.1 innings with just seven walks.
- In those six starts, Beckett’s worst was his Game 1 start last week — a 63 game score. Only three other starters in baseball postseason history have gone at least six straight starts with at least a 63 game score in each one — George Earnshaw of the old Phladelphia A’s, 1929-31, John Smoltz in 1996 and ’97, and Curt Schilling, who had eight such starts (5-0, 0.98) for the Phillies and Diamondbacks in 1993, 2001 and 2002. (Beckett’s regular-season high is just four straight).
- Earnshaw is one of only two pitchers with a career postseason ERA better than Beckett’s 1.75 (minimum eight starts). It goes Christy Mathewson (11 starts, 1.06), then Earnshaw (eight starts, 1.58), then Beckett.
- In three starts with Boston in the postseason, Beckett is 3-0 with a 1.17 ERA, 26 Ks, 1 BB in 23 IP. Only Babe Ruth has a lower ERA with at least three postseason starts in team history, and only Pedro Martinez in 1999 (0.00) has a lower ERA with at least three starts in a single Boston postseason (actually only two starts for Pedro, but the third game was the famed no-hit relief appearance).
- No one in baseball history has put up a strikeout-walk ratio even approaching Beckett’s 26:1 over three straight postseason starts. The closest? Schoolboy Roe (26:1 in four starts and two relief appearances, 1934-35), Sandy Koufax (27:2 in 1963 and ’65) and Schilling (26:2 in 2001).
I’m gonna go ahead and say we’re all pretty happy with that trade.