June 6, 2006

Kickin' The Beckett

So what's up with Josh LaLoosh?
It's just a lack of execution of pitches. Unexecuted pitches get hit hard. Some go out, some don't. If I had to pinpoint one thing, that would probably be it, unexecuted pitches. No excuses. ... I felt fine. In fact I felt really good today. ... It frustrates the hell out of me. I'm a competitive guy. I know I'm pitching against Mussina. You can't stake him to a lead like that.
Many observers thought Beckett threw too many fastballs, was more in love with the idea of smoking the MFY hitters than actually pitching.

Steven Krasner notes that Terry Francona is a bit concerned that Beckett is throwing too much hard stuff. "When you've got hitters like [the Yankees] who can do damage, and if they're looking [for fastballs], I don't know if you can throw hard enough."

Beckett: "I threw some breaking balls. [T]the pitch Cairo hit was a changeup." ... Francona was asked if Beckett had any health issues? "No. He had some hit issues. But not health issues."

Example

In his last two outings -- totalling six innings -- Beckett has been pounded for 17 hits (six home runs) and 14 earned runs. He has allowed a whopping 16 homers this year (all on the road) in 70 innings after allowing only 14 in 178.2 last year with Florida. ... Also, Beckett has a 2.16 ERA in four home starts and a 7.00 ERA in eight road starts.

The Herald reports these stats against strong and weak teams:
             W-L  ERA  IP  H ER HR BB SO
NY-Tex-Tor-
Cle-Phil 4-3 7.02 50 55 39 15 21 35
Sea-TB-Bal 3-0 0.90 20 12 2 1 2 18
Is this the first "hot seat" sighting of the year? The headline on Steve Buckley's column: "Tito, Pauley on hot seat: Rout adds to pressure"

Keith Foulke didn't pitch for the fourth straight game. Tito: "We don't know quite where we stand with Foulke yet. We have some issues we probably have to at least discuss. He's getting better. Will he be available [tonight]? I don't know." ... That doesn't sound very promising.

Today's annoying sportswriter? The Post's Mike Vaccaro:
The 13-5 pasting the Yankees applied last night not only moved them into first place by a half-game, not only got this four-game series off to a staggeringly hopeful start, not only evened the current season series at four games apiece, it also makes you wonder if a kind of seismic, season-altering shift didn't take place, too.

5 comments:

Peter N said...

Lesson to our Josh....DO NOT shake off Tek so much. That's it.

Yaz-Tex said...

A wise man once told me "nothing is ever as good or as bad as it seems", a homily which one must surely hope will apply to Beckett as he (and we) spend today wondering what in the hell is going on with him.

As has been reported, the velocity is/was there, but as Craig Hansen learned last summer during his initiation at the hands of Jonny Gomes, MLB hitters can and regularly will turn on a 96 MPH heater if they deduce that the opposing hurler does not have a credible 2nd or 3rd pitch that forces them to look for something other than the fastball.

Is Beckett relying too much on the #1? Is he foregoing his breaking stuff in the belief that he can simply throw the ball past hitters rather than actually pitching to them?

One thing is for sure - the balls are leaving the park at a rate comparable to when they're leaving his hand....

suzy lux said...

to mike vaccaro: you seem stupid.

Jere said...

Vaccaro (who was also the guy who wanted the yanks to bean Papi) is speaking at the 92nd St Y soon. Would be worth the 16 bucks to go and cause ---sorry, have to interrupt myself to say I just looked out my window (here in NYC) and saw a Coco road jersey go by!-- uh, yeah, go ruin Vaccaro's day somehow. Some kind of protest against either violence or stupidity.

suzy lux said...

or we could egg him.

drive-by egging? ;D