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Old 10-17-2017, 19:27   #1
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Josh Beckett Amps Up Against the Yanks

After a middling first start, the pre s was prepared to hop on Josh Beckett. The results werent bad, exactly, but he didnt quite seem like the pre-2010 Beckett. Within their podcast the following day, ESPNs David Schoenfield, Keith Law, and Eric Karabell discu sed Becketts insufficient conditioning. Red Sox L.P. LaDouceur Jersey blog Fire Make of the AL mentioned it, too. Yet there have been many pitchers who performed poorly within their first outings who didnt get called out for conditioning i sues. Perhaps this was an ex-post explanation for unhealthy outing following a poor 2010 season. But, poor conditioning or not, he came back to totally shut down the Yankees last night. I doing this, he looked nearly the same as the Beckett of old.
Three facets of Becketts start last night stood out. The first was the return of his velocity. Last Tuesday against the Indians it wasnt bad, really. He topped out just over 93 mph and averaged over 92. Thats going to get it done for most pitchers, but just isnt where Beckett sat during his heyday, that was around 94 mph. Even last year he averaged 93.6 mph around the fastball. Last night he didnt quite reach that much cla, but he did average 93.5 mph. That allowed him to Orlando Scandrick Jersey work in the zone, something the Yankees hitters didn't handle well. It also helped that his two-seamer displayed similar velocity and that his cutter would be a tick below. He generated lots of swings and mi ses on those pitches.
Becketts control and command also returned last night, which was one more reason he was able to last eight innings on 103 pitches, rather than the five he lasted on 106 pitches last Tuesday. In terms of pure strike-throwing, he threw just a few extra within the zone last night compared to Tuesday, and also the extra swinging strikes really may have been the entire improvement in strike count. The biggest difference, really, was in his capability to get his curveball over. He did that just 50 % of time against the Indians, but from the Yankees he threw it for any strike more than 70 % of the time.
The curveball might have been the biggest factor in Becketts dominant game. After throwing it just 16 times in his begin, Beckett turned to his favorite weapon two dozen times last night. Sometimes it served Demarcus Lawrence Jersey like a first-pitch strike. Sometimes, as with the situation of Brett Gardner, it buckled knees for any called strike three. Lots of times the Yankees could do nothing but foul it off. That, really, was the very best result, since it gave the hitter another chance. The linear weights score around the pitch was -2.0043, several you wont see that often. It set up, it froze, it frustrated e sentially, it did everything for Beckett yesterday. Much like old times.
When pundits piled on the World Series predictions for the Red Sox, the return of Josh Beckett needed to play a large factor. After one start things didnt look that great, as Beckett didnt have his fastball or his curveball working optimally. Yet, James Hanna Jersey as was the situation with lots of starters, to begin with might have been a blip. Last night he appeared as if the Beckett of old. Which will significantly help in a sisting the Red Sox match the heavy expectations placed on them this year.
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