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Who’s the Ace?: Sox-Indians Gamer III

Is it Justin Masterson?  Wake?  Why not Josh?  He's due, it's been a while since opening day. 

Time to start showing up again, Mr. Beckett.  Comment on the game here.

42 replies on “Who’s the Ace?: Sox-Indians Gamer III”

Something is wrong with Gameday… the first pitch to Pedroia was a big curveball, but Gameday shows it as a 94mph fastball. Wtf?

Good 1st inning from Beckett, but that Longoria drive put Bay right near the wall to catch it.

That Longoria fly ball scared the hell out of me, Devine. It looked gone off the bat.

Hey Ath, I am forced to listen to the TB broadcasters on extra innings. That Magraine dude drives me nuts.
As does Matt Garza striking out Drew on 3 pitches.

That sucks Devine. The strike-3 pitch to Drew was right down the middle, though in his defense it was a sick slider.

Effing Garza. I have been wanting revenge against this guy since last October and so far, not even close.

Curve, fastball, and changeup (I think that’s what Iwamura just whiffed on, was it a slider?–86 MPH) all working for Beckett.
Curve, fastball, and slider all working for Garza.

No joke, Lugo has taken the best two swings against Garza tonight (liner to right for the out).
Infield hit to start the 3rd for Beckett, barely stayed inside the 3rd base line.

Sigh. Such a great outing ruined by a few infield hits. Ellsbury took his sweet time getting that ball in, and Crawford scores from 1st.

I turn on the game and Beckett givs up a three-run double, then the TB radio announcers sound like Yankee fans, asking when he was put in charge of the game and replying, “ever since he started throwing at people’s heads in Anaheim.”
It’s nauseating to listen to TB radio. Or listening to Josh Beckett waste another game despite the incredible talent that only seems to be effective in half his starts.

I watched all of yesterday’s game, but I dunno if I’m gonna stick as hard with this game. Feeling much less positive about this one.
Especially now that it’s 4-0.

Oh hey, the ump’s strikezone is getting smaller. Great.
I’m with you Devine, my heart just isn’t in this one. Beckett was looking unhittable, and then two infield singles made everything unravel. What happened to 2007 Beckett?

I think Penny’s locker is too close to Beckett’s, the “one little piece of bad luck and everything goes to piss” karma has rubbed off. Penny goes, all improves.
Who would have thunk that 20 games in there’d be more confidence in starts by Masterson and Wakefield than Lester and Beckett?

Beckett strikes out the side. 7 K’s in 3 innings, and yet he gives up 5 hits and 2 walks that inning. Unbelievable.

This feels like the 2004-2006 Red Sox, where we hit tons of homeruns but our pitching was mediocre.

Is there a fundamental flaw in Beckett’s approach to the game that makes it difficult for him to actually execute well despite his terrific stuff? He was awesome in 2007, and arguably had better peripheral stats in 2008 but was unable to convert those into better results. I had written that off as bad luck, yet here Beckett is this season, again with the flashes of dominance, but getting shellacked like it’s 2006.

Is there a fundamental flaw in Burnett’s approach to the game that makes it difficult for him to actually execute well despite his terrific stuff?
Two meatheads that never learned it’s a thinking man’s sport.

I gave up on this game an inning or two ago, but I wanted to come back to mention that Garza is throwing a perfect game. Now that I’ve said this Lowell will get on base next inning.
That is all.

April felt like the month of the bullpen (with kudos to Wakefield and the offense–particularly Bay, Youkilis, and Lowell). In May the rotation needs to take some of the slack or this excellent bullpen will burn out.

Wish I could have seen Van Every pitching. Good times.
It’s a damn good thing Wakefield is pitching well.

Watching some replays, Lopez actually played RF as well! Not sure which is funnier.

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