Josh Beckett’s Pride Likely Contributed to Right-Hander Returning to Ace Form With Red Sox This Season


Josh Beckett has been tremendous for the Red Sox this season, which has been fantastic to see after a rocky 2010 season, a season shortened because of injuries.

But the right-hander has hit a slight rough patch as of late — at least compared to his early-season dominance. He's still pitched well, but his ERA has risen from 2.07 on July 3 to 2.46 entering Wednesday's start against the always-dangerous Texas Rangers.

NESN's Tom Caron and Dennis Eckersley talked prior to Wednesday's game about the season that Beckett has had so far, particularly his 10-5 record despite receiving the least run support of any Sox starter (by far) — except for Erik Bedard, but he's only had four starts with the Sox since being acquired from Seattle.

Eckersley and Caron discussed the pride that the right-hander has. To hear their conversation, check out the video above from Red Sox Gameday Live Presented by UNO.