can't start a fire without a spark
|4/21||4||0||2.55||6.2||9||4||0||2||7||What I want is what I've not got / What I need is all around me|
The Random Josh Beckett Pitching Performance Generator gives us this Dave Matthews Band lyric on a day when Beckett didn't exactly pitch a gem, but the offense kept the Sox in the game early (both the usual suspects -- Papi! -- and some unexpected ones -- Coco!?!) and the bullpen kept them in the game late. But props to Beckett himself, too. This time last year, DMB's biggest fan would have gotten frustrated and starting hurtling fastballs with all the unpredictability of a pitching machine, but he really double-knotted his Ninja Turtle shoelaces after the second inning, and managed to keep grinding it out.
Papelbon, incidentally, has now notched 5 saves in 5 opportunities, has worked his way out of a couple of jams, maintains a 0.00 ERA and 12 strike outs over 6.1 innings of work. I've crunched the numbers, and I believe this indicates he is on target to put up a 27.75 K/9 for the season. Yes, you read that right, occasionally Papelbon will strike out an opposing batter twice in one plate appearance. And if there's an Allah, the first batter who will meet this fate will be Derek Jeter.
On a more sentimental note: We've seen some pitching gems over the last couple weeks, and we've seen some offensive routs. But it's these close games that I love, as much as I tear my hair out while they're happening, and it's games like this one that makes me excited about watching this team all summer long, drunk at odd hours, stumbling around Somerville wearing my A-ROD SLAPS BALLS t-shirt.