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Postby Bloody Nipples » Thu Aug 12, 2004 3:50 pm

What does everybody think of him for the rest of the year?

I am going to make a bold statement: Beckett will be a top 10 fantasy pitcher from now until the end of the year! Last year he put it together late, and I dont think this year will be much different. He seems to have solved his blister problems, so I dont see anything getting in his way. I think he will harness that great stuff he has and build on his start.
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Postby DieHardCubbie » Thu Aug 12, 2004 4:59 pm

As long as he stays healthy...I think he will be very solid...top 10 though.... :-?
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Postby perlick29 » Thu Aug 12, 2004 5:10 pm

This is an interesting simile but he reminds me of Jean Sebastian Giguere in hockey whom I owned this past season.

He was coming off a good season but an astounding Stanley Cup playoffs. He had always had plenty of potential and people thought he would maximize it in the following year, but it just didn't seem to click the whole year.

Beckett might be the same way. Yeh, he's had some injury problems, but even when he's healthy he's really only showed falshes of brilliance. I keep my expectations from here to the end of the year nice and low, and then be ready to jump all over him in 05, because he will be undervalued, and you will probably be able to snatch him lower than this year.
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Postby dellnet2000 » Thu Aug 12, 2004 5:16 pm

I saw his last 2 starts, 1 good 1 bad...Too me because of his blister problem 95% of his pitches are fastballs. He's got a good fastball but I think he's gonna have to start not worrying about the blisters and throw other pitches. Major League hitters are too good and will just sit on the fastball
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Postby cafe_58 » Fri Aug 13, 2004 8:18 am

Interesting comparison to Jiggy, perlick. Living in Calgary, I saw him play alot when he was up here. He never really performed here, and then he goes to Anahiem and blows up!

But I digress......Beckett was over-hyped, and over-valued at the beginning of the season in my opinion, especially in non-keeper leagues. Then Beckett started off hot and I thought that maybe I was wrong. Maybe this kid is the next big thing. Well, injuries have got he best of him this season, so it's not fair to judge him on this season. What we know is that he is talented and when healthy can pitch lights-out. I think for the rest of the season, he will be a risky guy to have on your team. Blister problem just don't go away without a long period of time to heal or an operation (look at Affeldt's case). But as far as next year and beyond goes, I think he is a guy everyone should target as a guy to pickup in the mid rounds.
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Postby warrick95 » Fri Aug 13, 2004 4:47 pm

When healthy, Beckett has the ability to break top 10 easily, into the top 5. But, he has rarely been healthy for an extensive period of time. It's unfair to judge his performances, because it's hard as hell to gauge whether he's been healthy or not.

He's got a great fastball, but like said, all major leaguers can sit on any fastball, no matter how good it is. You have to have another good pitch. For Josh, that is a killer 12 to 6 curveball. That overhand curve is just nasty, one of the best in the league. However, since a curve relies on your fingers to provide a tremendous amount of grip (can't find a better word), to rotate off of, Beckett has trouble throwing the curve when his blisters are affecting him. It hurts him. Thus, he just throws fastball after fastball and gets crushed.

I'm going to agree that he'll be top 10. I think he's going to be healthy down the stretch.
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Postby Bloody Nipples » Thu Sep 09, 2004 2:31 pm

guess how good Beckett has been?

I love when my predictions work out!
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