Thursday, May 19, 2011

Tigers @ Red Sox Preview

It's too bad the Bruins are playing tonight, because this is a hell of a pitching matchup at Fenway tonight. Beckett is going against Verlander. We all know Verlander already has a no-hitter this season (2nd of his career) and is 4-3 with a 2.91 ERA. Beckett has been pretty damn good in his own right, sure he hasn't thrown a no-hitter, but if I told you he was going to be 3-1 with a 1.75 ERA I think you'd be damn pleased.

Beckett hasn't lost since his April 5 season debut, he has kept his walks down (15) while being able to have a lot of strikeouts (49 in 51 1/3 innings). The key has been his secondary pitches. Beckett has gotten away from just trying to out power everyone. It's really about time, because his secondary stuff is some of the best in the majors. Plus, it makes his fastball look so much better, when players just can't sit on it.

The Sox have been rolling, I know the offense didn't do much last night, but overall they have looked real good. I think they keep going tonight, and in this battle of Cy Young candidates.

Red Sox win 4-1
Player of the Game: Beckett/Youk
Game starts at 7:10pm

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