From the Republican:
“To me, Beckett was the toughest starter in the National League,” said Loretta, who came to the Sox from San Diego. “Put him with Curt Schilling, Tim Wakefield, Matt Clement and Bronson Arroyo, and that’s five deep rotation right there.”
I guess Loretta never faced Roger Clemens or Andy Pettitte last season – or Dontrelle Willis, or Chris Carpenter, or Pedro Martinez, or Roy Oswalt, or that Smoltz guy in Atlanta…….
My prediction: 32 starts, 200 IP, and an ERA of 3.95.
Like I said, I would take that on the 2006 Yankees in a heartbeat. But, Josh is still not the next coming of Pedro.