That’s a relief
A few weeks ago I was on a kick suggesting the Red Sox trade Josh Beckett for other parts much needed.
Not after last night’s performance. The Red Sox ace really delivered against the hated Bronx Skankees. And that was an important win. Until last night, I had the feeling the Sox and Yanks were on different trajectories, with the Yankees well on the rise and the Sox sort of stumbling along in neutral since there 11-game winning streak. Had A.J. Burnett pitched the Yankees to a win last night over Beckett and the Sox, it would not have been a disaster, perhaps, but I would have started to feel the season slipping away. (Of course, I need to add the usual caveat that the Sox still have 13 games left to play against the Yankees, so this one win doesn’t get us over any kind of hump. As Bob Ryan said recently, the Sox are NOT going to go 19 and 0 against the Yankees this year.)
In fairness, however, my suggestion to trade Beckett was not based on the fact that I thought he was washed up. On the contrary, I thought he would bring very high value, which is what the Sox need (i.e. at short stop, DH and “catcher of the future”). And since I don’t expect the Sox to be top bidders for Beckett after his contract runs out next year, I thought better to trade him than two or three of the young studs down on the farm, who can be flinging the rawhide for the Sox well into the ought 10s!
But I didn’t expect Beckett would be THIS good. We need him in Boston pitching at this level. He and Lester give the Sox a one-two punch that’s as close to unbeatable as it gets. I mean, who needs a short stop if the batters can’t hit the ball?