Dodgers right-hander Josh Beckett tossed 6.1 innings of one-run ball against the Marlins last night for his first win since September 30, 2012.
Beckett missed most of last season following surgery to remove a rib stemming from a nerve condition and made a total of 14 starts between victories, going 0-6 during that time.
But while it was his first win of this season Beckett has consistently pitched very well for the Dodgers in seven starts, tossing 42 innings with a 2.38 ERA and 40/15 K/BB ratio. He’s allowed two runs or fewer in five of his last six outings.
His raw stuff isn’t quite what it once was–Beckett is averaging 92.0 miles per hour with his fastball, compared to 94-95 mph at his peak–but he’s looked damn good for a guy who was basically totally out of the team’s plans not so long ago and at age 34 he’s suddenly a big part of the Dodgers’ rotation.
The other night, Blue Jays reliever Joaquin Benoit needed help getting off the field after the second benches-clearing incident with the Yankees. It was later revealed that Benoit tore a calf muscle during the fracas, ending his season.
Yesterday he pointed the finger at just about everyone else for the incidents like the one that led to his injury. Hitters specifically. From The Star:
“I believe as pitchers we’re entitled to use the whole plate and pitch in if that’s the way we’re going to succeed,” Benoit said. “I believe that right now baseball is taking things so far that in some situations most hitters believe that they can’t be brushed out. Some teams take it personally.”
That “take it personally” line is interesting coming from Benoit as, in this instance, it seemed pretty clear that the whole plunking exchange which led to his injury started because Josh Donaldson took an inside pitch that did not seem to be a purpose pitch at all, too personally.
Did Benoit take a veiled swipe at his teammate here? If so, that’s pretty notable. If not it’s notable in another way, right? As it suggests that Benoit believes it’s OK for his teammates to take issue with inside pitches but anyone else who does is part of the problem?
Which is it, Joaquin?
There will be a public memorial service for Jose Fernandez today. The Miami Marlins said in a news release today that fans can gather along the west side of Marlins Park this afternoon for the departure of a funeral motorcade at 2:16 p.m. Fernandez wore No. 16 on his jersey. For those not in Miami, ESPN will provide live coverage of memorial services from 2-2:30 p.m. EDT.
A public viewing will be held at St. Brendan’s Catholic Church from 5 p.m. to 11 p.m. A private funeral Mass will be held tomorrow for family and Marlins players and personnel.
In lieu of flowers, the Fernandez family asks for charitable contributions to the JDF16 Foundation,