Lead-Off Home Run? No problem. Pressure from pitching in the opposing teams park, facing a lineup of Wells, Thomas, Glaus, and Overbay? Are you kidding me?
The 26 year old flamethrower from Texas was CRUISING tonight: 7IP, 1R, 1BB, 5 K's and the only reason he came out was the 20+ minute top of the 8th by the Red Sox batters. He is not just a thrower anymore: he is a COMPLETE Major League pitcher now, and unless he careens off the tracks, he is without a doubt the front runner for the AL Cy Young.
It don't hurt that Youk, Mikey, Tek, and the Muchkin all hit home runs, but when you are hot, that's the kind of things that happen.
Victor Zambrano failed to make it out of the 3rd inning, and that bodes well for the next 2 games: get into that bullpen tonight and they don't have as much depth for tomorrow or Thursday night.
I'm not gonna say I told you so: however, if you go back to the very first entry I made at this little pop stand, you'll see I've been a believer of Beckett from the get go. Anyone who can make the ghost's of Yankee Stadium shut up is a favorite of mine.
21-10 for the year, and with a team comprised of great pitching, timely hitting, and all around goofiness in the dugout, how can you not love this team?
C'mon and jump on board: the bandwagon has plenty of room.