Pogotheostrich wrote:It is funny how the post season affects rankings. Soriano sucks and everyone is down on him and Beckett throws great and all of a sudden he is a top ten pick. Look again. Soriano is a 30/30 2nd baseman. He might be an OF in the future but even as an OF he will be equal to Beltran. Beckett's career record? 17-17 He has yet to throw more than 150 innings in a season. He is a great talent but has yet to prove he can be great for an entire season.
Maybe, in the regular season Beckett hasn't thrown 150 innings, but how many pitchers this year have thrown 183 innings in the regular and post-season? I'd say that number is on par with what most starting pitchers have thrown.
Between regular and post-season Beckett threw 182.6 innings. His total numbers this year: 11 wins, 199 K, 2.86 ERA, 1.21 WHIP.
Compares favorably with other "keeper" caliber starters (stats from regular season):
Beckett: 11 wins, 199 K, 2.86 ERA, 1.21 WHIP
Pedro: 14 wins, 206 K, 2.22 ERA, 1.04 WHIP
Halladay: 22 wins, 204 K, 3.25 ERA, 1.07 WHIP
Zito: 14 wins, 146 K, 3.30 ERA, 1.18 WHIP
Mulder: 15 wins, 128 K, 3.13 ERA, 1.18 WHIP
Hudson: 16 wins, 162 K, 2.70 ERA, 1.08 WHIP
Bottom line, numbers are what you make of them. If you want to think that Beckett hasn't pitched a "full" season, that's fine. But he logged nearly 185 innings this year, that's as many as Mulder, almost as many as Pedro. His arm will be ready to go. But if you want to talk about concern for a pitcher's arm, look no further than LeRoy Halladay. It might just fall off next year.