Monday, July 18, 2011

Line of the Day: July 17th, 2011

Josh Beckett pitched eight scoreless innings of one-hit ball but received a no-decision in the Boston Red Sox' 1-0 victory over the Tampa Bay Rays in 16 innings. He retired the last 22 batters he faced and showed no signs that the knee injury which caused him to removed early from his last start was still an issue.

Line: 8 IP | 1 H | 0 ER | 0 BB | 6 K; ND, QS

My fantasy perspective: Beckett has had two starts at Tampa Bay this season which have produced the following results: 17 IP, 2 H, 0 ER, 0 BB, 12 K. He's now 8-4 in 18 career starts with 131 strikeouts in 119.1 innings pitched. It's safe to safe he has the Rays number.

Everything about Beckett in 2011 screams "overachiever", yet he keeps producing at astonishing rates. The good stuff: he's now 8-3 with a 2.12 ERA and a major league-best 0.89 WHIP, while batters are hitting just .178 against him. The worrisome stuff: his xFIP is 3.67, BABIP against is .214 and an 82.4 LOB%.

Question: When it comes to Beckett, would you be a fantasy baseball buyer or seller at this point?

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