Comments on: The real reason Josh Beckett is 4th in the Red Sox’s pitching rotation http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/archives/10423 This and that about baseball stats. Tue, 16 Jul 2013 17:01:55 +0000 hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.6 By: Logan http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/archives/10423/comment-page-1#comment-102288 Tue, 29 Mar 2011 13:40:58 +0000 http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/?p=10423#comment-102288 This isn't a theory, and Toucher and Rich didn't come up with it. It was in the very first MLB.com article when Tito announced the rotation:

"As for Beckett, few would've batted an eye if he'd been named the No. 2. Francona said Beckett's in the fourth spot because he feels better about Beckett pitching against the Indians than the American League champion Rangers."

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By: kenh http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/archives/10423/comment-page-1#comment-102237 Tue, 29 Mar 2011 06:37:34 +0000 http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/?p=10423#comment-102237 Maybe he's done and the Red Sox know it?

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By: Frank http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/archives/10423/comment-page-1#comment-102151 Mon, 28 Mar 2011 20:49:28 +0000 http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/?p=10423#comment-102151 How about instead of 'Well, he pitches poorly against Texas.", management thought "Well, he beats up on Cleveland."

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By: John Autin http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/archives/10423/comment-page-1#comment-102130 Mon, 28 Mar 2011 18:20:13 +0000 http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/?p=10423#comment-102130 Just a hunch, but it does sound like a PR / motivational ploy to me.

For one thing, the Red Sox know that 7 games spread over 5 years is not a meaningful sample, especially considering personnel turnover in that span; for instance, Beckett was rocked by Texas in a 2007 start, but Mike Young is the only player Beckett faced that day who is still with the Rangers.

Furthermore, in the midst of that struggle, I see 38 Ks and 11 walks in 42.1 IP. If he matches those rates, the results are likely to much better than they have been.

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By: Lawrence Azrin http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/archives/10423/comment-page-1#comment-102106 Mon, 28 Mar 2011 16:22:38 +0000 http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/?p=10423#comment-102106 Maybe he's pitching the 4th game of the season because he's the FOURTH best starter on the Red Sox, behind Lester, Buchholz, and Lackey; but the Red Sox aren't going to say that publicly, so they use his poor record against the Rangers as a reason for this move?

I don't see any harm in putting out out this PR, as it's it's not going to matter after the first time through the rotation.

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By: Doug B http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/archives/10423/comment-page-1#comment-102105 Mon, 28 Mar 2011 16:22:01 +0000 http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/?p=10423#comment-102105 sounds rediculous unless there is more to back that up than just 7 starts worth of stats. (R/L splits or something at least).

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By: DiamondDave13 http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/archives/10423/comment-page-1#comment-102095 Mon, 28 Mar 2011 15:11:21 +0000 http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/?p=10423#comment-102095 Someone was listening to Toucher & Rich this morning...very good. The trouble with this theory is that if after 10 season he still needs his "confidence" boosted by pitching against an inferior team...well then he and the Sox are in far more trouble than most expect.

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