Bobby V decided to stretch him out as a reliever, perhaps aware that Beckett was hurting, and/or perhaps because of some mechanical adjustment that had him throwing crazy strikes in the bullpen. (Or perhaps he just lucked into it when he needed him to go long the first time.)
6/3: 52 pitches, 69.2%
6/9: 36 pitches, 75.0%
6/17: 80 pitches, 81.3%,
That's 168 pitches, 76.2% strikes. I believe his previous high for 168 pitches in as many consecutive appearances as it takes is 64.4%, over his three starts between 9/16/07 and 9/27 mentioned above (he had 81 pitches, 58.0% in the intervening start).
This is not to say he this guarantees that he can keep throwing enough strikes to be one of our five best starters, but it's good to see that he's never done this before and then regressed. This is unprecedented command for a guy whose only weak point has been just that.
Very, very, interesting.
Edited by Eric Van, 19 June 2012 - 08:59 AM.