To judge by the game thread, he burned through it all and went into a deficit tonight with his decision to keep Beckett in to take a pounding.
My question for you: Why? Why did Tito keep Beckett in? What did he see that we didn't?
FWIW, here's a breakdown of Beckett's pitches, from Gameday data:
4.1 innings pitched
22 batters faced
The 93 pitches break down like this:
37 balls (1 BB)
10 hits (4 singles, 4 doubles, 2 HR)
7 outs (5 flyouts, 2 groundouts)
14 called strikes
4 swinging strikes
The damning number here, IMO, is only 4 swings and misses: 2 curves, 1 cutter, and only 1 fastball. One swing and miss on a fastball in 93 pitches.
Beckett snapped off some decent curves, but his fastball was slow and straight. The Rays seemed to figure out that, if they waited, they would get a good pitch to hit, and they did. The hits were not cheapies. They hit the ball very hard.
I really want to know: What, exactly, did Tito see that made him think it was OK to keep Beckett in?
Please don't tell me it was to get him through five to get the W.
Edited by OilCanShotTupac, 11 October 2008 - 10:24 PM.