Game 5 of the ALCS was terrible, Josh Beckett was unreal. That guy is money in the postseason. Thank God the Tribe doesn’t have to face him in Game 7. For some reason, I was convinced that Beckett was beatable tonight. ESPN kept harping on the fact that Beckett was yanked after only 80 pitches in Game One. And speaking of Game One, I had it in my head that he didn’t exactly light the world on fire that night(turns out he only allowed 2 runs in 6 innings, D’Oh). On top of this, Danielle Peck, Beckett’s ex-girlfriend was on hand to sing the national anthem and “God Bless America.” Danielle happens to be smoking hot. I was distracted and I was sure Josh Beckett would be too. Somehow, I managed to let those completely dubious hunches overlook the fact that Beckett is unstoppable in the playoffs. I’m not even going to look up his postseason stats, please trust me that they are completely ridiculous. How did did I understimate this guy? That’s what infuriates me off most. The deception of it all. If I had seen this pitching performance coming, as I should have since the guy FRICKING DOMINATES in October, then I could have accepted it easier. Instead, Josh Beckett has become Public Enemy Number One in my book.
To the suprise of one person in America, Mr. Beckett decided to pitch 8 innings of 5 hit, one run ball. He racked up 11 K’s while only walking one. Ahhhh, peaches, the dude can wing it. The Tribe was able to muster a couple of threats against him, but nothing serious. You have to take your hat off to the guy, I guess.
On the other hand, C.C. Sabathia was not dominating. He wasn’t as bad as he has been, but he was not good either. Are votes cast for the Cy Young before or after the postseason? There’s no way C.C. deserves this year’s Cy Young after his performance to date in October, especially when his nearest competition is pitching like a machine. On the plus side for C.C., you have to think that tonight’s performance lowered the 10.61 ERA he was sporting.
Not much else to say about this one. I didn’t want the Tribe to have to go back to Beantown, but I the utmost confidence in Fausto Carmona. Hopefully he was just a little nervous pitching in Fenway for the first time in the playoffs. Live and learn, Fausto. Live and learn. Good game by the Red Sox tonight, they knocked the Tribe around I have to hand it to them (except I hope that those relief pitchers who were mocking the Jacob’s Field crowd by beating on fake drums in the bullpen get shelled on Saturday night. Jerks).
Time for The Sons of the Cuyahoga to regroup and finish the deal. They’ll be working behind the best pitcher in the A.L. on an October Saturday night in New England. “Well, then there’s only one thing left to do. Win the whole……..thing.”
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About the Author: I am a Cleveland sports and Buffalo Sabres fanatic. I'm currently living in Erie, but even when I'm not there, Erie runs deep in me. I'm an ex multi-sport goalie, and we goalies tend to see things a bit differently. I went to college with Cecilio's Scribe and I am also a Big Red afficiando. Otherwise my college sports loyalties are all over the place. I try to keep my posts light, but I'm a Cleveland fan so the occassional rant is possible (inevitable?).