It has become the story of Beckett’s career since he led the Red Sox to the 2007 World Series. In 2008, he pitched through an oblique injury in the playoffs, but still went just 1-0 with an 8.79 ERA. He lost his only playoff start to the Angels in 2009. In his last four playoff starts, he’s 1-1 with a 7.71 ERA. And in his last two starts this season, both must-wins, he’s 0-2 with an 8.10 ERA. Barring some unforeseen relief appearance on two days’ rest, Beckett’s 2011 regular season is officially done. He finishes 13-7 with a 2.89 ERA. The historians will look at the numbers and consider it a success. But we’ll know better. When the Red Sox needed Josh Beckett most, he disappeared.I say, there's more than enough blame to go around. But also, it's a little too early to be spreading blame, since there is still a chance a redemption, no matter how dwindling.
Tuesday, September 27, 2011
I see that the Boston Herald has turned on Beckett: