Josh Beckett had a less than stellar outing on Friday night. As someone who should be a top of the line starter, the Baseball Show crew believes Beckett should be getting a much different result in his starts.
Because of Beckett's poor start, Lou Merloni believes Jon Lester will have a mountain of pressure to overcome in his start on Sunday.
"The guys that you use; Miller, Padilla, Atchison, and Melancon comes in. Those guys are likely going to be used Saturday . . . if that's the case they will be shut down for Sunday." said Merloni " Now all the pressure is on Lester. He's got to go out there and pitch seven or eight basically because of what Josh Beckett did Friday night."
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BOSTON -- “I didn’t feel that love after I made a pitching change in the sixth inning,” Terry Francona said after a 45-second standing ovation from Boston fans upon receiving the MLB Manager of the Year award from the BBWAA Thursday.
It’s without question the love for Francona runs deep in the city. Why wouldn’t it? He was the leader in breaking the 86-year old curse, and wound up winning another World Series title for Boston three years later.
Actually, he was more of a co-leader, working alongside the same person who won the MLB Executive of the Year honors from the BBWAA for 2016.
Theo Epstein -- who received an ovation 17 seconds shorter than Francona, but who’s counting -- reminisced about the Red Sox ownership group that took a chance on a young kid who wasn’t necessarily the ideal candidate to take over as GM of a team, but now that’s helped him build the Chicago Cubs into a winning franchise and establish a great working environment.
This October marks 13 years since the ’04 championship, 10 years since ’07 and six years since the pair left Boston. Without question they’ve left their mark on the city and forever changed Red Sox baseball.
And while the fans showed their undying gratitude for Francona with an ovation almost as long as his acceptance speech, the Indians manager recognized the favor the current Red Sox brass has done for him.
“I’d like to thank Dave Dombrowski and the Red Sox for getting Chris Sale the hell out of the Central Division,” Francona said.