Posted by Andy on March 28, 2011
Peter Abraham of the Boston Globe has theorized that the Red Sox have held Josh Beckett back until the 4th game of the season because he has historically pitched poorly against the Texas Rangers, against whom the Red Sox open the season with a 3-game series.
Indeed, Beckett's numbers against the Rangers are among the worst of his career:
|Toronto Blue Jays||14||360||2.00||.281||.359||.558||.918||.299||156|
|New York Yankees||22||595||2.22||.290||.358||.483||.841||.328||137|
|Chicago White Sox||8||214||3.47||.289||.344||.433||.777||.365||120|
These are the clubs with the higher tOPS+ against Beckett, which is a split of his personal OPS+ against broken out by team.
In fact, of his 246 career starts, his two starts against Texas last year were the 20th- and and 33rd-worst Game Scores of his career.
Abraham surmised that if not for the opening series against the Rangers, Beckett would have been the #2 starter this year.