AEMRICH wrote:Does anybody think that Josh Beckett is slightly overrated. I am a Red Sox fan so i'm not hating here. However, I was looking at his stats and I'm not all that impressed. I think that he is a solid pitcher, but not the ace that everyone also pins him as. I look at beckett and think of him as more of a number 2 o3 a number 3. He has solid K numbers but not spectacular like Lincecum. I like his control but it is not elite. He gets lots of Wins but so do a lot of Red Sox pitchers, and the W isn't a legit stat in my opinion. His ERA and FIP are usually similar except in 2008 when his fip was a .80 points lower than his ERA.
Am I missing something or am i correct in identifying him as being slightly overrated.
Nah you're missing something.
Beckett has had an 8+ K/9 and respectable control every year of his career but one. His GB/FB is always the right way around, and he seems to have guts in tight situations.
That is exactly the definition of an ace. I think your standards are too high.
Timmy is off to a kee-razy hall of fame level start to his career, you're really comparing a mega-elite ace to a regular ace here.