Red Sox nation in state of panic

 

It may be only three games into a gruelling marathon season but that hasn’t stopped the Red Sox nation from panicking after an 0-3 start. The Boston Red Sox, who are the odds on favourites to make the World Series, were recently swept by the World Series finalist, the Texas Rangers. On Tuesday, in Cleveland, the Red Sox will be leaning on pitcher, John Beckett, who has fond memories of pitching against the Indians. The last time Beckett pitched in Cleveland was back in 2007 during the ALC, when in Game five, he registered 11 strikeouts; while surrendering only one run over eight innings.  “It was a pretty good one,” Beckett said about that game, which saved the Red Sox season. “Our backs were definitely against the wall. It definitely ranks up there.” Spurred on by that victory, the Red Sox went on to win the series in seven games. Unfortunately Beckett has seen his stock go down since that magical post season outing. Once considered the staff”s ace, all eyes are now on Beckett, who struggled in spring training and is coming off a nightmarish injury ridden season; which saw him post a 5.78 ERA in only 21 starts. “I think his pride took a beating last year,” said Red Sox manager, Terry Francona. I think he feels like he has a lot to prove.” Beckett, who is a former Florida Marlines 1999 first round pick, has always been a number one or two starter in the rotation. Despite the demotion of being a number four Beckett will be pitching the most important game of the Red Sox season. So far Francona has seen Jon Lester, John Lackey and Clay Buchholz struggle in surrendering 18 runs in just under 16 inning against Texas. “He’s a big leader on our staff,” said Francona. “Wherever he’s coming out of the gate, whether it’s four or wherever, he’s still a big leader on our staff. Guys look up to him a lot.” Red Sox nation will have their fingers crossed that Beckett can recapture that old magic on Tuesday night in Cleveland.

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