Beckett First Pitcher In The Major Leagues With 11 Wins As The Red Sox Beat The Padres 4-2
It was vintage Josh "Baseball" Beckett Sunday as the Boston Red Sox defeated the San Diego Padres 4-2 Sunday afternoon in California. Josh went 8 strong innings and mixed his changeup and curveball with a devastating fastball. The Padres never had a chance once the Sox scored three runs in the third inning. He was that good. Jonathon Papelbon threw a two strikeout ninth inning for his 18th save. It was an all-around great game.....the kind of game we as Red Sox fans are getting used to. And that's where the fun of 2007 is. The offensive star was none other than the Captain, Jason Varitek, who tripled and homered and called a great game behind the plate.
The Sox are 48-26 and have the best record in all of baseball, and the rumor is that they are very active in the pursuit of White Sox pitcher Mark Buehrle. He would add a lefty to the rotation and would provide insurance just in case Curt Schilling is on the D/L for a longer than expected period of time. But I hope his arrival doesn't mean that Julian Tavarez would have to step out of the rotation. He's been too valuable, giving the club seven great innings almost every time out. Buehrle would be eligible for free agency after the '07 season, so if the Sox were to acquire him it would have to include a contract of 2 or more years. No four month rentals for THIS team.
The Red Sox travel north for a three game set with the Mariners. The pitching matchups will be.......
Julian Tavarez vs. Jeff Weaver
Kason Gabbard vs. Felix Hernandez
Daisuke Matsuzaka vs. Ryan Feierabend
It should be a fun series as we try to take two of three, if not more, from them before winging back to Boston and Fenway Park for a weekend series with the Texas Rangers. But first things first......Seattle, here we come. And click on this post's title to read about the untimely death of ex-Red Sox pitcher Rod Beck, he of the handlebar mustache and the overpowering fastball. He will be missed.