The Red Sox must be pretty excited, after what they've seen so far this season, to have Beckett locked up for the next four years.
In that moment it was hard to remember him as the best big-game pitcher in the game, one the Yankees used to envy.
The kid, Phil Hughes, looked like that kind of pitcher at Fenway. Not Josh Beckett.
There were some obvious holes going into the season, particularly on offense. These have become more glaring as the pitching isn't even allowing the offense to start on an even playing field - more often having to come from behind. That said, the errors for an "improved" defense are simply unacceptable, even with a new group getting used to each other, and the DH needs to hit. Its as if they are all playing down to their worst, not reaching down and pulling out their best, performances - even during these Yanks games which were so often exciting because both sides amped up their game.
I hate to bring up the dreaded "intangibles", but it seems to me as if they're just not in sync, or gelling, or whatever word you want to use. Whether they are pushing too hard, or not enough, I don't know. Getting back to Josh - he's supposed to be the ace, a team leader, and this stuff doesn't do much to set a good example. Unless and until they are mathematically out of it, I'm not counting them out, but they need something more than some different pieces which look good on paper, imo - they need to start playing like a team, and small ball their way back into the race.