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Josh Beckett pulled after serving up five home runs to Tigers

Apr 7, 2012, 6:16 PM EST

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Perhaps Josh Beckett‘s thumb is a bit more of an issue than originally believed.

Beckett was just pulled from his start against the Tigers after tying a career-high by serving up five home runs. This included two homers each by Miguel Cabrera and Prince Fielder, the new 3-4 combo in Detroit’s lineup. Alex Avila hit the other. The only other time Beckett had allowed five home runs in a game was August 23, 2009 against the Yankees.

All told, Beckett gave up seven runs on seven hits over 4 2/3 innings while walking one and striking out three. Just to put things into perspective about how bad this start was, Beckett didn’t allow more than six earned runs in any of his starts last year and it took him until June 28 to give up his fifth homer of the season.

Who knows if the bad performance had anything to do with the thumb. Weird things happen over the course of a season. But it’s worth noting that Aaron Cook tossed seven shutout innings today for Triple-A Pawtucket. The Red Sox would have a built-in replacement if Beckett really is hurt.

  1. nflfollower - Apr 7, 2012 at 6:24 PM

    Cabrera and fielder are going to hurt a lot or pitchers this season. For all the fat jokes that were floating around here when the tigers picked up prince and moved cabrera to 3rd, look who is laughing now. Power and average at both corners, everybody wants it.

  2. yankeesgameday - Apr 7, 2012 at 6:26 PM

    Thumb schmumb, you think it might have something to do with having to face cabrera and fielder back to back? This is so obviously the tigers year as much for their pitching as their offense. Everyone on that that team also has playoff expert now, but they havent won. So add hungry/chip on their shoulder to the list of adjectives.

  3. bigharold - Apr 7, 2012 at 6:39 PM

    Five HRs,.. gee, and I thought Sabathia had a rough day yesterday.

    • bigleagues - Apr 8, 2012 at 1:14 PM

      How bad is 5 HR’s in one game?

      It took CHRIS TILLMAN 13 Starts last year year to do the same.

  4. zackd2 - Apr 7, 2012 at 6:40 PM

    Cook has had a 5.49 ERA in his last 2 years in the NL West, with a 4.4 K/9.

    If you suck, are you really an “in-house replacement”?

    • D.J. Short - Apr 7, 2012 at 6:52 PM

      Obviously not comparing quality, but he is lined up on the same day, which might not be a coincidence.

      • zackd2 - Apr 7, 2012 at 9:46 PM

        Fair enough.

  5. zackd2 - Apr 7, 2012 at 6:48 PM

    If only Bard was in the bullpen to save this game…

  6. photoking0313 - Apr 7, 2012 at 6:59 PM

    beckett is better off drinking beer and chicken..he needs a fix…horrible today

    • jimeejohnson - Apr 7, 2012 at 9:08 PM

      He didn’t get any run support. The whole team played lousy baseball. Hang it up and see what tomorrow brings.

      • bozosforall - Apr 8, 2012 at 11:32 AM

        “Run support” doesn’t change giving up five HRs, idiot Red Sox fan.

  7. pisano - Apr 7, 2012 at 7:09 PM

    He has a lot of years on that arm and a lot of players have seen his stuff, so he’s not going to fool too many of them. I watched a few innings of that game and he topped out at 92 on his fast ball,when I was watching, at that speed you better have pin point control of where you want to put it. If his thumb is an issue it showed today. Time will tell.

  8. dirtyharry1971 - Apr 7, 2012 at 7:13 PM

    god i would love to see them bring up aaron cook, he will be a great batting practice pitcher in the AL

  9. randygnyc - Apr 7, 2012 at 7:14 PM

    Bucket, I mean Beckett taking up right where he left off.

    As far as fielder is concerned, no one disputes his abilities right now. Let’s revisit this in just a few years. I’ll be amazed if he’s still productive in 5 years. Shocked if he’s still in a uniform when his contract expires.

  10. hockinj25 - Apr 7, 2012 at 7:30 PM

    I think it was more the Tigers lineup being great than Beckett being bad.

  11. hammyofdoom - Apr 7, 2012 at 8:28 PM

    One of the things that could have accounted for this was how whacked out his scheduled has been: flying to get the thumb looked at, having a game thursday and waiting 2 days after that to pitch. On top of that, 2 of those pitches that were hit for homers were actually very good pitches down and away from some very good hitters. He didn’t throw as many curves, but I don’t think his thumb is too bad, since he was able to snap off a couple good ones. As a sox fan, not a ton worried

  12. deathmonkey41 - Apr 7, 2012 at 9:05 PM

    Couldn’t have happened to a bigger doosh. I was fully expecting him to pull his normal childish garbage and start throwing at the Tigers batters when they began lighting him up.

    • ptfu - Apr 7, 2012 at 9:18 PM

      A backhanded compliment is an interesting way to insult Beckett. Are you disappointed he didn’t live up (or down, rather) to your expectations of him?

      • nflfollower - Apr 7, 2012 at 9:56 PM

        I thought it was interesting he stayed in the dugout so long after being pulled, rather than heading back to the showers. It did enter my mind perhaps he was trying to avoid giving the media any grounds for more accusations so early in a new season.

  13. jimeejohnson - Apr 7, 2012 at 9:10 PM

    It could have happened to Roger Clemens, but we know what he did to maintain his edge. Chicken and beer just ain’t gonna do it!

    • ptfu - Apr 7, 2012 at 9:19 PM

      Yeah, Clemens was a headhunter. You homered off him at your future peril.

  14. hammyofdoom - Apr 7, 2012 at 9:55 PM

    Oh and another thing about Beckett, in the past couple years hes thrown his cutter WAY TOO GODDAMN MUCH. Its been happening in baseball a lot recently, perfectly good pitchers deciding they need to pick up a cutter and then falling in love with it. It’s ticking me off

    • brewcrewfan54 - Apr 8, 2012 at 8:23 AM

      Yeah falling in love with a great pitch that doesn’t put stress on an elbow the way a curve and other breaking stuff can, what a bunch of jerks!

  15. 13yrsmlbvet - Apr 7, 2012 at 10:30 PM

    Beckett is paranoid about who the snitch is tatting him out for last year’s shit show he put on and not focusing on pitching. He’s convinced it is Youkilis. Can’t wait to see how that plays out. Youk would absolutely kick his ass. Beckett is all talk. Silver spoon baby.

    • aceshigh11 - Apr 7, 2012 at 10:59 PM

      Beckett has always been a thoroughly unlikeable prick, but as long as he was pitching brilliantly, as he did in 2007 and on and off since, his misanthropy was at least somewhat tolerable.

      But after last September, his truculent unpleasantness has no upside anymore.

  16. aceshigh11 - Apr 7, 2012 at 10:55 PM

    To quote Michael Rooker in “Cliffhanger”:

    “SEASON’S OVER, ASSHOLE!”

  17. proudlycanadian - Apr 8, 2012 at 3:16 AM

    Look at the bright side Red Sox fans. The Yankees are also 0 & 2.

  18. bats13 - Apr 8, 2012 at 9:51 AM

    Anyone notice how many runs the red sox scored. Pitching and hitting horrible. Start earning your salary boys!

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