A First Class Stinkaroo...BECKETT OUT, For Now...Toronto 11 Boston 0
Saturday afternoon in Toronto, Canada started out on a hopeful note but quickly descended into the depths of baseball despair. Jon Lester was downright awful...he allowed 7 runs in only 2 1/3 innings while walking 2 and striking out two. It was the shortest start of his young career. He just didn't have it. I hope he was able to "turn the page" and start getting ready for his next start. It's best if he can forget all about this weekend debacle. I'll sure try. Daisuke Matsuzaka will try to right the ship this afternoon when he faces the tough AJ Burnett in the rubber match of the series. These games are vitally important, but the Sox were never in it yesterday. Here's what Jon and his manager had to say after the whitewashing...
“Nothing was really working,” Lester said. “I was rushing through my delivery, not a good tempo. When I did get the groundballs that I needed, they weren’t at people. It just wasn’t my day. Basically, everything you don’t want to do, I did today.”
“Today he just seemed a little flat, up in the zone,” Red Sox manager Terry Francona said. “He made some mistakes and, on top of that, it seemed like every ball found a hole.”
Peter here with MORE bad news. Josh Beckett, who was scheduled to make his next start against the Yankees on Tuesday, cut short his bullpen session and will not make that start. Right elbow inflammation is said to be the cause of the numbness in his ring and pinky fingers of his money hand coupled with an uncomfortable feeling in that arm. Taking his place that day will be Tim Wakefield. It will be good to have him back and I sincerely hope he can resume pitching the exact same way he left off because he had strung together so many quality starts in a row. Wednesday's starter will be Paul Byrd, followed by Daisuke Matsuzaka on Thursday. So the stage is set, but there's still a game to win today north of the border. For all the latest news about the Toronto game and, more importantly, our ace pitcher, simply click on the title of this post. I hope your weekend has been a great one. As always, BE WELL.