When Josh Beckett walks onto the mound, you can see the confidence and determination he takes with him. It’s an important factor to have if you want to be a successful pitcher on any level. Now, he will need it to bounce back and reclaim his spot as one of the more dominant pitchers in baseball.
Beckett endured a frustrating 2010 campaign with the Boston Red Sox, marred by injuries. He encountered back problems early in the season and never really could get on track, making only 21 starts and finishing with a 6-6 record. He came to spring training this year ready to go, but was sidelined with a mild concussion after getting hit in the head during a batting practice accident. However, Beckett is not expected to sit out for long.
The Spring, Texas native shows up with an impressive resume, going 112-74 with a 3.96 ERA in his young career. But it’s the postseason where he is money. Beckett is 7-3 with a 3.06 ERA in 13 starts with 99 strikeouts. The 2-time world champion won the 2003 World Series MVP Award with the Florida Marlins and was named the ALC MVP in 2007 with the Red Sox. If there is a big game on the line, Beckett gets the ball.
The Red Sox have re-tooled and their pitching staff is stacked as they prepare to take on the New York Yankees for American League supremacy.
A healthy Josh Beckett may be the difference.
Written by C. James