Great game #2: Well, for this one I had to work. But I wasn’t overly busy, so I walked by the television many, many times, often stopping and staring. The game was ridiculous. I actually tried to give away my shift so that I could watch a great pitchers duel: Burnett vs. Beckett. Both former Marlins, both with great stuff. Both throw hard. Yet, the game turned into almost a joke. Beckett gets rocked, game looks to be over, yet then Burnett completely falls apart. Teams battle for a while, then Red Sox pull away for good. Didn’t see that coming, but who did? Jason Bay and Mike Lowell are on fire right now. Good sign, since Lowell is returning from a torn labrum. And good sign that Bay is having success against the “more difficult” pitching in the AL. Bay doesn’t “look” as good hitting a baseball as Manny does, and probably isn’t quite the hitter Manny is. But he is pretty darn good, and too, can go to the opposite field, just not with the same “style.”
Fantasy baseball: I am actually playing this season. But “fantasy” is far from “real baseball,” which is the reason I do not typically play fantasy baseball. I have been taught–and researched myself into believing in certain numbers. OBP in particular. But then I join a fantasy baseball league and all of a sudden the traditional stats, the ones I used to think contained accuracy, are back: AVG, RBI, HR, R, SB, W, K, ERA, WHIP, SV. I mean seriously, SB=HR. In the fantasy world, W’s matter, saves matter, and a HR has the same value as a stolen base. There is a way to be a great fantasy baseball player, but it has little to do with being a great baseball mind. And real baseball is >>>>fantasy baseball. But I can let it slide and have a little fun, even though the numbers aren’t the best indicators of true talent.
Josh Beckett overrated?: Josh Beckett was great in 2007. And he was good in 2008. But how he gets rocked sometimes is beyond me. One hitter said last season, “I don’t know how anyone ever gets a hit off that guy.” That of course was in reference to Beckett. And when he is locating his pitches, working in that two-seamer, to lefties especially, he CAN be unhittable. But what is it with him that he can just be crushed at times? It must be mental, because physically he seems all there this year, not last year though. I believe he will be really good this year, but I also believe that there is a chance that he ends up being merely “good.” And it can be frustrating. But I guess, it could be much worse.