• Sox Loretta On Beckett

    Posted by on January 15th, 2006 · Comments (5)

    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…….

    Anywho, while I still wouldn’t mind seeing Beckett on the Yankees staff this year instead of Pavano or Mussina, I don’t think he’s going to be the “ace” that some in Boston think he will be……..

    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.

    Comments on Sox Loretta On Beckett

    1. JohnnyC
      January 15th, 2006 | 12:22 pm

      They’ll be lucky to get 20 starts out of him. Or did some kind of Red Sox pixie dust dissolve those horrific MRIs that Peter Gammons was practically blubbering about?

    2. January 15th, 2006 | 12:54 pm

      I dunno – the Sox always managed to squeeze out near 30 starts from Petey’s wittle shoulder each season.

    3. JohnnyC
      January 16th, 2006 | 12:24 am

      Beckett’s no Pedro.

    4. DownFromNJ
      January 16th, 2006 | 2:12 pm

      I don’t know about 30 starts. Beckett’s blister problem is not something which can really be fixed. Not to mention the shoulder… and pitching in the AL East is going to be really tough on him.

      27 starts. 4.10 ERA

    5. January 16th, 2006 | 3:57 pm

      30 is only one more start than last year for him.

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