Joshua Patrick Beckett...resides in Boerne, Texas with his wife, Holly, and daughter, Ryann Rose...the couple is expecting a second child this spring...since 2007, has hosted the Beckett Bowl in Boston, which benefited the Josh Beckett Foundation and Children's Hospital Boston...participated in Make-A-Wish program in Boston in both 2008 and 2011...launched a charity wine event in 2010 with the proceeds benefitting the Josh Beckett Foundation...was honored by Children's Hospital Boston with the 2009 Champions for Children Award...unveiled the Josh Beckett Treatment Room at Children's Hospital Boston in early 2009 and has visited patients and made donations to the hospital...nominated for The Sporting News Good Guy Award in 2002 while with the Marlins... was active with both the Red Sox Foundation and Florida Marlins Community Foundation, including sponsoring the Josh Beckett Baseball Tournament while with the Marlins...became the first high school pitcher to be selected in the first round by the Marlins...was the first high school right-hander to be selected as high as No. 2 in the draft since Montreal took Bill Gullickson with the second pick in 1977.
Went 0-5 with a 5.19 ERA in eight starts before being placed on the 15-day disabled list on May 15, originally for a left groin strain... Made three quality starts, including a complete game loss on April 14 at Arizona, when he allowed just one run on six hits in 8.1 innings in a 1-0 defeat…struck out a season-high nine batters in that outing... underwent season-ending surgery on July 10 to remove his right first rib to relieve pressure on his nerves caused by Thoracic Outlet Syndrome…performed by Dr. Greg Pearl in Dallas, TX.
Went a combined 7-14 with a 4.65 ERA in 28 starts with the Red Sox and Dodgers...acquired by Los Angeles on Aug. 25 as a part of a nine-player trade, the largest in Dodger history. Posted at least 100.0 innings and 20 or more starts for the 12th consecutive season, joining CC Sabathia, Derek Lowe and Mark Buehrle as the only pitchers to do so. Went 2-3 with a 2.93 ERA (14 ER/43.0 IP) in seven starts as a Dodger...held opponents to one earned run in four of his seven starts...averaged 8.0 strikeouts per 9.0 innings (38 SO/43.0 IP) with Los Angeles Posted a 2-0 record and a 1.50 ERA (3 ER/18.0 IP) in three starts at Dodger Stadium. Ranked 15th in the NL with a 2.65 September ERA (11 ER/37.1 IP), going 2-2 in six starts. Including two Interleague starts, went 3-4 with a 2.97 ERA (19 ER/57.2 IP) in nine combined starts against NL opponents. Suffered a career-long five-game losing streak from July 20-Aug. 27, going 0-5 with a 7.17 ERA (30 ER/37.2 IP) in seven starts. Had a streak of 80.1 innings without allowing a homer, including a career-high stretch of 12 consecutive homerless starts from May 15-Aug. 8 (76.1 IP)...the 12 consecutive homerless starts matched the longest single-season streak by a Red Sox pitcher in the last 64 years (Mel Parnell, 14, June 29-Sept. 11, 1948)...was the longest streak overall by a Red Sox hurler since Derek Lowe went 16 straight from June 28, 1998-June 5, 2002, including the first 12 starts of 2002.
Posted his best marks in 10 full Major League seasons in ERA (2.89), opponent AVG (.211) and WHIP (1.03). ... Made his 3rd career All-Star team.Halved his ERA from 2010 (5.78), becoming the 1st Red Sox ever to shave his ERA by as many as 2.89 runs from one season to the next with at least 125.0 innings for the club in each year. Led the team and ranked among AL leaders in ERA (5th), opponent AVG (3rd), WHIP (4th), winning pct. (7th, .650), strikeout-perwalk ratio (11th, 3.37)...Tied for AL lead with 7 scoreless starts. Ranked among AL leaders in home ERA (10th, 2.71), road ERA (7th, 3.05) and night ERA (7th, 3.01). ...Also topped the Sox in innings (193.0) and quality starts (20) and was second in wins (13), starts (30) and K's (175). Ranked sixth in the AL with a .186 (75-for-403) opponent clip vs. left-handers, the second-lowest mark by a qualifying Red Sox starter in 30 years after Pedro Martinez's 2000 season (.150). ...Was also sixth in the AL in opponent AVG with RISP (.193). Voted to his third-career All-Star team (also 2007 and 2009) via the Player Ballot, a vote of the players, managers and coaches. ... Attended the exhibition but did not appear in the game. Held opponents to a Major League-low .187 AVG (72-for-385) in the 1st half and ranked 3rd in the AL with a 2.27 ERA (28 ER/111.0 IP) and 6th with a .727 winning percentage (8-3) in that time. His 2.27 1st-half ERA was the best by a qualifying Sox starter since 2001 (Pedro Martinez, 2.26). ... His .187 opponent AVG was 3rd lowest by a Sox starter before the break since 1946, best since 2000 (Martinez, .164). Allowed five runs or less in each of his 1st 28 starts of the season, the longest such streak to begin a campaign by a Red Sox since Alex Ferguson did it in his 1st 28 starts of 1924. ... Allowed a season-high six runs in each of his two subsequent outings of the year, 9/21 vs. BAL and 9/26 at BAL, increasing his ERA from 2.50 to 2.89. His six runs allowed on 9/21 snapped a streak of 35 starts allowing five runs or less dating back to 8/25/2010. ... It was the longest streak by a Red Sox since Bill Monbouquette's 41-gamer from 6/28/1964-7/16/1965. Tossed the Sox only 9.0-inning complete game and shutout of the year, a one-hitter in Boston's 3-0 win at TB on 6/15, his 10th career complete game (7th with BOS) and fifth shutout (3rd with BOS)...Since 1920, Hideo Nomo (5/25/01 vs. TOR) is the only other Red Sox pitcher to toss a shutout with 1 hit allowed or less while not walking or hitting any batters and facing just 1 hitter over the minimum. Boston went 20-10 in his starts. ... Led Sox starters with a career-high 10 no-decisions. ... Tied for the ML lead with six no-decisions in which he allowed one run or less and eight no-decisions in which he allowed two runs or less. Received three runs of support or less in 17 of his 30 starts overall, including two runs or less in 9 of his 10 nodecisions. ... Started seven of Boston's 11 extra-innings games in 2011. Collected his 1,000th strikeout as a member of the Red Sox on 9/16 vs. TB...Passed Smoky Joe Wood (986) for seventh on the team's all-time strikeouts list on 8/31 vs. NYY.Went 7.0 innings or more while allowing five base runners or less in 3 straight games from 4/10-21...Joined Pedro Martinez (4, 7/25-8/10/02), Tex Hughson (3, 6/13-22/43) and Ed Durham (3, 9/12-21/31) as the only Boston hurlers to achieve the feat since 1919. Went 2-0 with a 0.56 ERA (2 ER/32.1 IP) in his 1st five home starts through 5/19. ... Allowed 1 run or less in each of those games, the longest such streak by a Red Sox at home to begin a season since 1919. Had a 1.00 ERA (4 ER/36.0 IP) in six May starts, the best mark by a Red Sox pitcher with at least 25.0 innings in May since 2000 (Pedro Martinez, 0.86) and the lowest ERA by a Red Sox in any full month (min. 25.0 IP) since September 2003 (Martinez, 0.82).Held opponents to fewer hits than innings pitched in 11 straight starts from 5/4-7/3, 2 shy of the team's single-season record, set by Babe Ruth in 1916...Allowed one run or less in five straight starts from 5/4-24, the longest such streak of his career and the longest by a Red Sox since Derek Lowe, 7/17-8/8/02. Did not surrender a home run over a career-high 7 straight starts from 5/4-6/4, the longest such streak of the season by a Red Sox...Threw a career-high eight straight quality starts from 5/9-6/15, the longest stretch on the team in 2011. ... Went 4-1 with a 1.51 ERA (9 ER/53.2 IP) in that time. Pitched at least 6.0 innings while allowing five hits or less in nine straight starts from 5/14-7/3, the longest such streak in Red Sox history...Matched the longest streak of its kind by an AL right-hander since 1919. Did not allow a run over a career-high 19.1 innings from 4/27-5/19, including a career-high three straight scoreless starts from 5/9-14. ... Also had a 16.0-inning scoreless streak from 6/9-28 and a 14.0-inning run from 7/8-23. Went 4-0 with a 1.85 ERA (7 ER/34.0 IP) and 38 K's in five starts against the Yankees, becoming the 1st Red Sox with four wins vs. NYY in a season since Al Nipper in 1987 (4). ... No other Major Leaguer won more than 2 games against New York in 2011. On 4/10, earned a 4-0 win over the Yankees with 8.0 scoreless innings, allowing 2 hits while fanning 10...Became the 1st Red Sox hurler to go at least 8.0 scoreless innings with 10+ strikeouts while limiting the opposition to two hits or less since Pedro Martinez on 7/25/2002 vs. TB (8.0 IP, 2 H, 11 K). ... The only other Red Sox hurler since 1919 to reach those marks in a game against the Yankees was Ray Culp, 9/21/1968 at NYY (9.0 IP, 1 H, 11 K). Had one other double-digit strikeout game, fanning a season-high 11 batters on 7/3 at HOU to become the first Red Sox with at least 11 K's and no walks in an outing since Pedro Martinez on 7/7/2003 at NYY (11 K). Was 2-0 with a 0.78 ERA (2 ER/23.0 IP) in 3 starts against the Rays, the best single-season mark against the club (min. 20.0 IP) by a Major Leaguer since Pedro Martinez in 2003 (0.55). ... Allowed just an infield single in each of his first two starts against TB, both at Tropicana Field (9.0 IP on 6/15 and 8.0 IP on 7/17). ... Was the first pitcher since 1925 with consecutive starts against an opponent of 8.0+ innings and no more than one combined hit and walk allowed (BRO's Dazzy Vance, 9/8 and 9/15 vs. PHA).His two, 1-hit outings of at least 8.0 innings matched them most in a season by a Red Sox since 1919, also accomplished by Rick Wise in 1976 and Pedro Martinez in 2000.
Posted a career-high 5.78 ERA (82 ER/127.2 IP).Allowed 3 earned runs or less in 7 of his 12 road starts...4 of 6wins came away from home...5th time in the last 7 seasons that heposted more wins as a visitor.Tallied a 1-2 record with a 9.95 ERA (42 ER/38.0 IP) in 7 startsagainst 2010 ALCS participants Texas and New York...Went 5-4with a 4.01 ERA (40 ER/89.2 IP) in 14 combined starts against allother opponents.Posted a 3.86 ERA (8 ER/18.2 IP) through his 1st 3 starts of theseason, but finished the month of April with a 7.22 ERA (23 ER/28.2IP), the exact same mark he posted in April 2009...Since 1952,Marty Pattin is the only Sox pitcher with a higher ERA in the monthof April (minimum 25.0 IP) at 9.00 (25 ER/25.0 IP) in 1973.Made 2nd consecutive Opening Day start on 4/4 vs. NYY, the 5th Opening Day nod of his career (also 3 withthe Marlins from 2003-05)...Allowed 5 runs over 4.2 innings but did not factor in the decision as the Sox cameback from a 5-1 deficit to win, 9-7...Marked the 1st time the Red Sox have ever posted a win after trailing byas many as 4 runs on Opening Day (Elias).Signed a 4-year contract extension with Boston through the 2014 season on 4/5.Earned 100th decision as a member of the Red Sox with an 8-3 win over KC on 4/10 (7.0 IP, 3 R/ER, 4 K's)...Is 1 of 43 pitchers to reach that mark with the club.Allowed a career-high-tying 9 runs (3rd time, 1st since 2006) and took the loss as the Sox fell 10-3 vs. NYYon 5/7...Struck out 8 batters and also hit 2 (both in the 2nd inning, tying career high for a single inning for the3rd time)...According to Elias, became the 1st ML pitcher with as many as 9 runs, 8 strikeouts and 2 HBPs in thesame game since Jack Coombs with the Philadelphia Athletics at Washington on 6/28/1911 (9 R, 10 K, 3 HBP)...Was the 1st Sox pitcher with at least 9 runs and 8 K's since Red Ruffing on 9/27/1928 at Cleveland (14 R, 8 K).Loss on 5/7 snapped a stretch of 10 straight undefeated starts beginning 9/12/09, the 2nd-longest undefeatedstreak of his career after an 11-game run from 4/4-6/8/07...Also ended a career-high, 4-start streakwithout a decision dating back to win on 4/10 at KC.Landed on the 15-day disabled list with a lower back strain on 5/19 and transferred to the 60-day DL on7/16...Did not receive a decision while posting a 4.50 ERA (4 ER/8.0 IP) over 2 rehab starts with Triple-A Pawtucketon 7/11 and 7/17...Activated from the DL on 7/23.Tallied a 2.18 ERA (5 ER/20.2 IP) with a 2-0 record over his 1st 3 games after coming off the DL, but gave upat least 6 earned runs in each of his next 3 tilts from 8/8-19 (10.69 ERA, 19 ER/16.0 IP)...Compiled a 4.17 ERA(21 ER/45.1 IP) over his final 7 starts beginning 8/25.Tossed a season-high 8.0 innings in a 3-1 win against the Indians at Fenway Park on 8/3, allowing 1 run ona season-low 3 hits with no walks and 8 strikeouts...Retired the final 14 batters he faced beginning with the2nd out of the 4th inning...Ejected in the bottom of the 8th during an on-field incident, his 1st career ejection.Suffered the defeat in a 7-2 loss at NYY on 8/8 (4.2 IP, 7 R/ER), marking his 1st road loss since 9/7/09 atCWS...Snapped a stretch of 7 straight road starts without a loss, tied for the longest such streak of his career(also 9/16/06-6/24/07).Fanned Torii Hunter in the opening frame on 8/19 vs. LAA for his 1,400th career strikeout in his 242nd MLouting...Became the 3rd-fastest pitcher since 2000 to reach 1,400 K's, after only A.J. Burnett (237th game on8/7/09) and Jake Peavy (222nd game on 5/8/10).Passed Ray Culp (794) for 10th on the Red Sox all-time list with a strikeout of Jeff Mathis in the 5th inning on 8/19vs. LAA and moved past Frank Sullivan (821) for 9th by fanning Cliff Pennington in the 3rd inning on 9/12 at OAK.Tied a season high with 5 walks, including a career-high 4 straight in the 3rd inning, on 9/12 at OAK...Was1st time he issued at least 4 free passes in a single frame since a career single-inning-high 5 walks in the top ofthe 1st on 9/23/04 vs. PHI while with Florida.2009: Named an All-Star for the 2nd time...Established career highs in innings (212.1),strikeouts (199) and complete games (4).Finished among AL leaders in complete games (T-3rd, 4), wins (T-4th, 17), strikeouts per 9.0 innings (5th, 8.43),strikeouts (6th), innings (9th), opponent batting average (9th, .244) and fewest walks per 9.0 innings (9th, 2.33).4 complete games marked most by a Sox hurler since Pedro Martinez's 7 in 2000.Went 8-1 with a 2.69 ERA (29 ER/97.0 IP) in 14 starts following a Sox loss...The team was 11-3 in those contests.In 16 home starts, went 10-1 with a 3.59 ERA (43 ER/107.2 IP)...Took only home loss on 8/23 vs. NYY, his 12th start of the year at Fenway Park...Was 1st Red Sox hurler to go undefeated in his 1st 11 home starts tobegin a season since Curt Schilling (11) in 2004.Was Boston's Opening Day starter on 4/7 vs. TB, his 1st Opening Day nod for the Red Sox and 4th overall...Tossed 7.0 innings of 2-hit, 1-run ball with 10 strikeouts and earned the 5-3 win...The 10 K's were the most bya Sox pitcher on Opening Day since Pedro Martinez fanned 11 at SEA on 4/4/00.Went 2-2 with a 7.22 ERA (23 ER/28.2 IP) in 5 April starts but went 15-4 with a 3.33 ERA (68 ER/183.2 IP) in27 starts over the remainder of the season.Served 5-game suspension (reduced from 6) 4/19-24 as result of on-field incident that occurred 4/12 at LAA.Posted a 2.17 ERA (31 ER/128.1 IP) while going 12-2 over 18 starts from 5/5-8/12, tops in the AL and 3rd inthe Majors in that time behind San Francisco's Tim Lincecum (1.98) and Los Angeles' Clayton Kershaw (2.00).Made 100th start for Boston on 5/28 at MIN, tossing 7.0 innings of 1-run ball for the 3-1 victory.Belted 3rd career homer on 6/14 at PHI, a 6th-inning leadoff shot off J.A. Happ...Was 1st homer by a Red Soxpitcher since he did it on 5/20/06 also at PHI.Earned AL Player of the Week honors for 7/6-12, going 2-0 with a 1.15 ERA (2 ER/15.2 IP).Tossed complete-game, 3-hit shutout to earn 100th career Major League win, a 6-0 Sox victory on 7/12 vs. KC...Was 1st Red Sox pitcher to get 100th career win with a shutout since Sonny Siebert on 6/22/71 vs. CLE (Elias).Entered the All-Star break tied for the Major League lead with 11 wins...Joined Tim Wakefield as the 7th pairof teammates ever to share their league's lead at that point in the season...Atlanta's Tom Glavine and GregMaddux were the last to do it with 12 each in 1998...Wes Ferrell and Lefty Grove are the only other pitchers toaccomplish the feat for Boston, winning 11 games each before the Midsummer Classic in 1936.Finished 5th among AL starters in the Players All-Star Balloting...Was at the game but did not pitch in theMidsummer Classic on 7/14 at STL.Tossed a club season-high 18.0 consecutive scoreless innings from 8/1-12.
Named an All-Star for the 2nd time...Establishedcareer highs in innings (212.1), strikeouts (199) and complete games (4)...Finished among AL leaders in complete games (T-3rd, 4), wins (T-4th, 17), strikeouts per 9.0 innings (5th, 8.43), strikeouts (6th), innings(9th), opponent batting average (9th, .244) and fewest walksper 9.0 innings (9th, 2.33)...4 complete games marked most by a Sox hurler since PedroMartinez's 7 in 2000...Went 8-1 with a 2.69 ERA (29 ER/97.0 IP) in 14 starts followinga Red Sox loss...The team was 11-3 in those contests...In 16 home starts, went 10-1 with a 3.59 ERA (43 ER/107.2IP)...Took only home loss on 8/23 vs. NYY, his 12th start of the year at Fenway Park...Was 1st Red Sox hurler togo undefeated in his 1st 11 starts to begin a season since Curt Schilling (11) in 2004...Was BOS's Opening Day starter on 4/7 vs. TB, his 1st Opening Day nod for the Red Sox and 4th overall...Tossed 7.0 innings of 2-hit, 1-run ball with 10 strikeouts...The 10 K's were the most by a Sox pitcher on OpeningDay since Pedro Martinez fanned 11 at SEA on 4/4/00...Was 2-2 with a 7.22 ERA (23 ER/28.2 IP) in 5 April starts but went 15-4 with a 3.33 ERA (68 ER/183.2 IP) in27 starts over the remainder of the season...Served 5-game suspension (reduced from 6) 4/19-24 as result of on-field incident that occurred 4/12 at LAA...Posted a 2.17 ERA (31 ER/128.1 IP) while going 12-2 over 18 starts from 5/5-8/12, tops in the AL and 3rd inthe Majors in that time behind SF's Tim Lincecum (1.98) and LAD'S Clayton Kershaw (2.00)...Was 5-0 with a 1.70 ERA (9 ER/47.2 IP) over 7 starts from 5/5-6/9 and allowed just 1 run over the final 4 starts(beginning 5/23) of that stretch for a 0.31 ERA (1 ER/28.2 IP), going 3-0...Made 100th start for BOS on 5/28 at MIN, tossing 7.0 innings of 1-run ball for the 3-1 victory...Belted 3rd career homer on 6/14 at PHI, a 6th-inning leadoff shot off J.A. Happ...Was 1st homer by a Red Soxpitcher since he did it on 5/20/06 also at PHI...Earned AL Player of the Week honors for 7/6-12, going 2-0 with a 1.15 ERA (2 ER/15.2 IP)...Tossed complete-game, 3-hit shutout to earn 100th career Major League win, a 6-0 Sox victory on 7/12 vs. KC...Was 1st Red Sox pitcher to get 100th career win with a shutout since Sonny Siebert on 6/22/71 vs. CLE (Elias)...Entered the All-Star break tied for the Major League lead with 11 wins...Joined Tim Wakefield as the 7thpair of teammates ever to share their league's lead at that point in the season...ATL's Tom Glavine and GregMaddux were the last to do it with 12 each in 1998...Wes Ferrell and Lefty Grove are the only other pitchers toaccomplish the feat for BOS, winning 11 games each before the Midsummer Classic in 1936...Finished 5th among AL starters in the Players All-Star Balloting...Was at the game but did not pitch in theMidsummer Classic on 7/14 at STL...Tossed a club season-high 18.0 consecutive scoreless innings from 8/1-12...Surrendered 2 or more homers in 5 straight starts from 8/12-9/2 with 14 total long balls in that time.
Finished 8th in the A.L. with 172 strikeouts, the 2nd-highest total of his career behind194 K's in 2007...Averaged 8.88 strikeouts per 9.0 innings (172 K's/174.1 IP), 2nd in the A.L. behindonly A.J. Burnett (9.39)...Has fanned at least 150 batters in each of the last 6 seasons, one of 5major leaguers to do so...Struck out 8 or more on 8 occasions, tied for the 6th-highest total in theA.L....Fanned a career-high 13 in a 3-0 loss at Tampa Bay on April 27, tied with Burnett (August 19vs. NYY) for the A.L.'s highest single-game total of 2008...Recorded each of his first 6 outs by wayof the K and whiffed 8 through 3.0 frames...Was the first Sox hurler to fan at least 13 in a gamesince Curt Schilling's 14 K's on September 21, 2004 at Baltimore.Recorded 3 strikeouts in a 10-6 loss vs. Baltimore on June 10 ending a streak of 17 consecutivestarts with at least 5 K's that began August 29, 2007...Since 1956, Pedro Martinez (43, 21) andRoger Clemens (20, 20) are the only Red Sox pitchers with longer such streaks...Recorded careerstrikeout No. 1,000 against Brandon Inge on May 8 at Detroit.
UNDER CONTROL: Ranked 9th in the A.L. with 1.76 walks per 9.0 innings pitched (34 BB/174.1 IP)...Walked just 34 batters, his lowest single-season total since issuing 11 free passes over 4 games in2001, his first season at the major league level...Tied with teammate Paul Byrd and Cleveland'sCliff Lee for the 3rd-fewest walks of any A.L. hurler with at least 170.0 innings.Issued 2 walks or less in each of his final 17 starts of the season beginning June 4 with a strikeoutto-walk ratio of 4.85 (20 BB/97 K's), 4th in the A.L. over that span (minimum 50.0 IP)...Tied for theA.L.'s 7th-longest such streak of 2008 and was the longest by a Red Sox pitcher since Curt Schillingmade 33 such starts in a row from September 20, 2005 to September 20, 2006.
ON THE ROAD AGAIN: Placed 4th in the A.L. with a 2.85 ERA (32 ER/101.0 IP) in 15 road startscompared to a 5.65 ERA (46 ER/73.1 IP) in 12 outings at Fenway Park...Beginning on May 24 atOakland, went 5-2 with a 2.23 ERA (17 ER/68.2 IP) in his final 10 road starts of the season, the bestsuch ERA in the majors over that span...Overall, went 7-5 on the road and 5-5 at home, the 3rdstraight season and 4th in the last 5 that he has posted more wins as a visitor.
SUPPORT STORY : Won just 8 of his 16 quality starts while Boston lost in 7 of those efforts, tied forthe 4th-most in the A.L...Tim Wakefield led the league with 9 team losses in his quality starts...Soxscored a total of 98 runs in his 12 wins, an average of 8.2 runs per game, but just 36 times in his 15other starts (2.4 runs per game) including 20 runs in his 10 losses or 2.0 runs per game.
INJURY BUG: Was on the 15-day disabled list from August 28 (retroactive to August 18) to September5 with right shoulder inflammation...Was his 2nd stint on the DL in 2008 after missingfrom March 25 (retroactive to March 19) to April 6 with a lower back strain...Has made 12 careertrips to the DL including 3 since joining the Red Sox in 2006.
INSIDE THE NUMBERS: Went 5-3 with a 4.67 ERA (28 ER/54.0 IP) in his first 8 starts through May 18,giving up 5 or more runs 3 times in that span...Gave up at least 5 runs on 6 occasions, including apair of 8-run outings, July 30 vs. the Angels and August 17 vs. Toronto...Was 3-2 with a 2.72 ERA(16 ER/53.0 IP) over an 8-start stretch from May 24-July 4 but logged a 3-4 record and 5.95 mark(28 ER/42.1 IP) in his next 7 starts through August 17 before landing on the DL...Made 4 startsafter being activated on September 5, going 1-1 with a 2.16 ERA (6 ER/25.0 IP), 4th in the A.L. inthat time...Tossed at least 6.0 innings in 21 of his 27 outings including a 9-start streak from May18-July 4, the 2nd-longest on the club behind Tim Wakefied's 10-gamer from May 28-July 20.
MORE 2008 HIGHLIGHTS: Allowed 4 home runs in an 11-7 win over Milwaukee on May 18 at FenwayPark, the first Red Sox pitcher to do so since Tim Wakefield gave up 6 in an 11-9 triumph atDetroit on August 8, 2004...Logged his 2nd double-digit strikeout effort of the season, and his 3rdstraight game of at least 9 K's, when he fanned 10 in a 5-2 victory at Baltimore on May 30...Tossedhis 5th career complete game on July 19 against the Angels in Los Angeles but took the 4-2 loss...Did not allow a run until a 7th-inning leadoff homer by Vladimir Guerrero...Gave up 8 runs on 8hits and one walk and fanned 3 over 2.1 innings in a 15-4 loss to Toronto on August 17 at Fenway Park...Was his shortest start since going 1.1 frames at Yankee Stadium on June 5, 2006...Landedon the 15-day DL the following day.
20-20 VISION: Led the majors with 20 victories, the majors' first 20-game winner since 2005, when4 pitchers (Dontrelle Willis-22; Chris Carpenter-21; Bartolo Colon-20; Roy Oswalt-20) reached thatplateau...Was Boston's 1st 20-game winnersince Curt Schilling in 2004 (21-led ML) and47th in club history, the 15th since 1950...Recordedhis 20th win in his 29th start on September21 at Tampa Bay, fewest since ChrisCarpenter in 2005 (28)...Were fewest startsfor an A.L. pitcher to win 20th game sinceBoston's Pedro Martinez (25th) in 1999...OnlyMartinez and Roger Clemens (27th start in1986 and 1990) took fewer starts to win 20thby a Red Sox pitcher since 1950.With 200.2 innings pitched, had 3rd fewestIP ever by a 20-game winner behind the Yankees'Bob Grim in 1954 (20 wins, 199.0 IP) andMartinez in 2002 (20 wins, 199.1 IP).
LEADING THE WAY: Was 1st Red Sox to lead majors in victories since Schilling (21 in 2004)...Ranked2nd in the A.L. with a .741 winning percentage and had 6th lowest ERA at 3.27, the lowest ERAfor a Red Sox qualifier since Schilling (3.26) in 2004...Also placed among A.L. leaders in strikeoutsto walks ratio (3rd, 4.85), fewest baserunners per 9 innings (4th, 10.50), fewest walks per 9 innings(6th, 1.79), strikeouts (7th, 194), lowest opponents batting average (7th, .245), most strikeoutsper 9 innings (7th, 8.70), and fewest home runs per 9 innings (10th, 0.76)...Held opponents to a.207 average with runners in scoring position, 3rd lowest in A.L...Leadoff batters had .251 on-basepercentage, lowest in the majors.Topped the Red Sox in wins and ERA, ranked 2nd in inning and strikeouts, and made the 3rdmost starts.
HONOR ROLL: Was selected as the Red Sox Pitcher of the Year by Boston BBWAA chapter...Wasnamed the ML Starting Pitcher of the Year in fan voting on mlb.com...Placed 2nd in the BBWAACy Young Award voting, receiving 8 1sts, 14 2nds, and 4 3rds for 86 points behind Cleveland'sC.C. Sabathia with 119 points (19 1sts, 8 2nds)...Named as one of 4 starting pitchers on BaseballAmerica's ML All-Star Team...Was selected the Red Sox Player of the Month for April, going 5-0,2.48 ERA in 5 starts.
SEASON SUMMARY: Won 1st 3 starts with 1.80 ERA (3 ER/18.0 IP) and tied club record with 5 victoriesin April, matching Babe Ruth (1917) and Pedro Martinez (2000)...Earned a victory in eachof 1st 7 outings with a 2.51 ERA (13 ER/46.2 IP) before a no decision on May 13 vs. Baltimore...Leftthat game after 4.0 innings after tearing skin on right middle finger...Was placed on the disabledlist on May 19 (retroactive to May 14) and missed 2 starts before being activated on May 29...Was2-0 in next 3 starts to improve to 9-0, 2.88 in 11 appearances...Winning streak ended with defeaton June 14 to Colorado.Captured his next 2 outings and was 11-1, 3.07 through June 24...Went 2-3, 4.28 (19 ER/40.0 IP)in next 5 games...Dropped consecutive decisions for the only time all season, July 25 at Clevelandand July 31 against Baltimore...Finished the year with a 7-2, 3.07 (23 ER/67.1 IP) performance infinal 10 games...Was victorious in 4 straight starts, September 4-21, before loss on September 27vs. Minnesota.
7-FOR-7: Was the first ML pitcher to win at least his 1st 7 starts at the beginning of a season since2005, when the White Sox' Jon Garland won his 1st 8 games and Florida's Dontrelle Willis was 7-0after 7 outings...Became just the 6th pitcher in Red Sox history to win at least his first 7 starts in aseason...Babe Ruth (1917), Dave Ferriss (1945) and Roger Moret (1973) share the club record withvictories in their 1st 8 contests to begin a season.
9 IN A ROW: Was just the 6th Red Sox pitcher ever to win at least his 1st 9 decisions in a season,1st since Roger Clemens began a Sox record 14-0 in 1986...That career best winning streak fromApril 4-June 8 tied for 2nd longest in the majors in 2007, behind only Oakland's Dan Haren (10straight wins, April 18-July 1).
DESERVING OF A BREAK: Carried a 12-2 record into the All-Star break, just the 18th time that aSox pitcher has recorded at least 12 wins before the break...Derek Lowe was the last to do so with12 wins at the All-Star break in 2002.
ROAD WARRIOR: Went 11-2, 2.18 in 13 road starts...Tied with John Lackey for 2nd in the majorsin road wins (Carlos Zambrano, 12) and had lowest road ERA among ML qualifiers...Since 1995,only 2 other A.L. pitchers have posted a lower road ERA: Toronto's Roy Halladay (2.09) in 2005 andBoston's Pedro Martinez 4 times (1.57/2003; 1.66/2000; 1.88/1999; 1.89/2002)...Last Red Sox pitcherwith more road wins was Derek Lowe (12) in 2002...Is 25-13 in 44 road starts from 2005-2007.
SEEING STARS: Was the American League's winning pitcher in the ML All-Star Game on July 10 inSan Francisco, striking out 2 with just one hit allowed over 2.0 scoreless relief innings...Was hisfirst career All-Star appearance after receiving the most votes of any A.L. starting pitcher...Wasthe 3rd Red Sox pitcher to ever win an All-Star Game, 1st in relief...Roger Clemens was the starterand winner for the American League in 1986 at Houston, and Pedro Martinez earned the winafter starting the 1999 game at Fenway Park.
TRENDS: Issued 3 or fewer runs 23 times and worked at least 7.0 innings on 15 occasions...Lonecomplete game in regular season was 8-inning defeat on July 25 at Cleveland...His one CG wasthe fewest by a 20-game winner since 2003 (4 pitchers) and matches the fewest ever for a Red Soxpitcher with 20 victories (Derek Lowe in 2002)...Had 123 strikeouts in 117.2 innings over his final17 starts beginning June 24, an average of 9.4 K's per 9 innings...Fanned 7 or more in 4 of his last5, 7 of his last 10, and 12 of those 17 outings...Recorded regular season best 10 strikeouts on July20 against the Chicago White Sox, most K's since 11 on April 10, 2005 with Florida vs. Washington...Walked 2 or less in 19 of his final 20 and 27 of 30 overall starts.
ODDS AND ENDS: Went 10-3 when starting after a Boston loss in 2007...Worked 1st 6.0 innings ofcombined 4-0 shutout on June 19 at Atlanta...Did not return after 48-minute rain delay...Issuedjust 2 homers over 64.0 innings in 1st 10 starts through June 3...Red Sox scored 147 runs whileBeckett was in the game in 30 starts, 8th most in the majors, and averaged 6.59 runs per 9 inningsin his games, 4th highest....Has earned the win in 2 straight Red Sox home openers, posting a1.29 ERA (2 ER/14.0 IP) in the 2 starts, defeating Toronto on April 11, 2006 and Seattle on April 10,2007...Is the first Sox pitcher to win back-to-back home openers since Dennis Eckersley in 1979-80...Is 7-1 in 8 regular season starts against the National League in 2006-07.
POSTSEASON PLAUDITS: Won all 4 of his 2007 startsand is 6-2, 1.73 in 10 games/9 starts in playoff action...Has held opponents to a .159 batting average,a .209 on-base percentage, and 6.94 baserunners per 9 innings, all lowest all-time amongpitchers with at least 40.0 post-season innings...His ERA is 3rd lowest in post-season historyamong pitchers with 70.0 or more innings behind Mariano Rivera (0.77) and Christy Mathewson(1.06)...Has 3 complete game shutouts, tied with Mordecai Brown and Whitey Ford for 2nd mostall-time in post-season, one behind Mathewson...Has won his last 5 playoff starts with a 0.92 ERA(4 ER/39.0 IP) since losing Game 3 of the 2003World Series to the Yankees.
2007: His 4 wins in 2007 tied for 3rd most alltimein a single post-season and matched therecord for most starting playoff victories inone year, the 9th pitcher to accomplish thatfeat...Was the 1st Red Sox pitcher ever to win4 games in one post-season...Posted a 1.20ERA (4 ER/30.0 IP) in the 4 starts, tied for 5thlowest among pitchers with at least 30.0 inningsin one post-season...Had 35 strikeouts,tied for 6th most ever in a post-season, andpermitted just 2 walks.
ALDS: Went the distance to blank the Los AngelesAngels on 4 hits, 4-0 in Game 1 on October3 at Fenway Park...Became the 8th pitcherin post-season history to throw CG SHO inconsecutive starts (also Game 6 of 2003 WS vs.New York Yankees)...Was 7th CG SHO in RedSox post-season history, 1st since Luis Tiant inGame 1 of 1975 World Series, and 2nd everin Sox' post-season opener, the other by Babe Ruth in Game 1 of 1918 World Series...Was 1st CG SHO in the post-season since Dodgers' JoseLima in Game 3 of 2004 NLDS...Retired 19 consecutive batters after allowing 1st inning leadoffsingle, tying the 3rd longest streak in post-season history.
ALCS: Won both starts versus Cleveland with a 1.93 ERA (3 ER/14.0 IP) to earn ALCS Most ValuablePlayer honors...Issued 4 hits and 2 runs in 6.0 innings for a 10-3 Game 1 victory at FenwayPark on October 12...Allowed 1st inning run to end post-season scoreless innings streak at 18.0innings...Saved Boston from elimination with a 7-1 win in Game 5 on October 18 at Jacobs Field,permitting 5 hits and a run in 8.0 innings...Had not issued a walk in 1st 16.0 frames of post-seasonbefore Franklin Gutierrez BB in 2nd inning...His 11 strikeouts in that game were most in a postseasongame for any pitcher since Beckett fanned 10 in Game 3 of 2003 World Series...Was 4thgame of 10+ strikeouts for a Red Sox pitcher in a playoff game.
WS: Captured his 3rd straight series opener with a 13-1 victory over Colorado on October 24 atFenway Park...Issued one run in 7.0 innings with 9 strikeouts...Fanned the 1st 4 batters of thegame, 3rd most ever to start a World Series game...Became the 19th pitcher to start a WorldSeries game in both leagues.
SUMMARY: In his first Red Sox season, set career highs with 16 wins, 33 starts and 204.2 inningspitched, reaching 30 starts and eclipsing 200.0 innings for the first time in five Major League campaigns...led the Red Sox in wins, starts and innings...ranked 4th in the American League with a .245 batting average against, tied for 6th in starts and tied for 8th in wins...his 36 home runs allowed were a career high and tied for 2nd-most in the the Majors...his career-high 74 walks were 5th-most in the A.L.
STARTING STRONG: Won his first 3 starts of the season for the first time in his big-league career, allowing only one earned run in 7.0 innings in each of those 3 starts...won 4 starts in a row (May 9-25) for the first time in his career en route to winning 7 of his first 8 Red Sox decisions...carried a 10-3 record into July, becoming the Majors' fourth 10-game winner on June 28 vs. the Mets...became the Majors' first 13-game winner with a 7-3 victory July 24 in Oakland...after his 10-3 start, went6-8 the rest of the way.
OPENING DAY AT FENWAY: Defeated the Blue Jays,5-3, April 11 in Fenway Park's 95th home opener...as Boston's 14th different starter for its home opener in the last 16 years...his Sox debut was also a bit of a "home opener" on April 5 against the Rangers in Arlington, when he pitched a few hours from his hometown of Spring, Texas and held the Rangers to just one run on 7 hits and a walk in 7.0 innings, fanning 5 in a 2-1 victory.
INSIDE THE NUMBERS: Was a perfect 4-0 with a 2.83ERA in 4 starts vs. the National League in interleague play...limited righthanders to a .238 batting average (93-for-390) with 16 homers and lefthanders to a .251 mark (98-for-390) with 20 homers...allowed only a .208 batting average (15-for-72) with runners in scoring position and 2 outs...held foes to a .189 batting average (43-for-227) with 2 outs and a .159 mark (59-for-371) with 2 strikes...went 7-6with a 4.84 ERA (59 ER/109.2 IP) in 17 starts at home and 9-5 with a 5.21 ERA (55 ER/95.0 IP) in 16 starts on the road...defeated 14 of the 16 teams he faced, going winless against only Detroit and Cleveland...beat 11 American League clubs and 3 National League clubs in 2006...owned a 2.22 ERA (27 ER/109.2 IP) in his 16 wins, a 10.36 ERA (66 ER/57.1 IP) in his 11 losses and a 5.02 ERA (21 ER/37.2 IP) in his 6 no-decisions.
HAVING A BLAST: May 20 in Philadelphia, became the first Red Sox pitcher since the advent ofinterleague play in 1997 to hit a home run, connecting for a solo homer off Brett Myers in the 7th inning...was the first homer by a Red Sox hurler since September 26, 1972 (Marty Pattin)...it was the 2nd home run Josh has hit in his career...on September 8, 2005 at Washington, he took John Patterson deep with a solo shot in the 5th.
TURNING 50: Earned career win No. 50 on June 23 vs. Philadelphia, retiring his first 16 battersfaced before David Bell broke up the perfect game bid with a single...limited the Phillies to just 2runs on 3 hits and no walks in 8.0 innings in Boston's 10-2 win.3-YEAR EXTENSION: The Red Sox on July 19 announced a 3-year contract extension with Beckett with a club/vesting option for 2010...the announcement was made after Boston's 1-0 win overKansas City that day at Fenway Park...Beckett was the starter and winner in that game, allowing4 hits with 7 strikeouts in his 8.0 innings of work.
MORE 2006 HIGHLIGHTS: On May 9, pitched in Yankee Stadium for the first time since Game 6 of the 2003 World Series and earned a 14-3 win, his first start against the Yankees with theSox...win snapped a 3-start winless streak...May 15 on his 26th birthday, collected an 11-1 win atBaltimore, limiting the Orioles to a first-inning solo homer from Miguel Tejada...allowed only 2hits in 7.0 innings, walking none and fanning 6...on June 10, was rained out for the 3rd time of the season and made the start June 11 vs. Texas instead, recording a no-decision in Boston's 5-4, walk-off win...was also rained out May 14 vs. Texas and May 3 vs. New York...July 14 lost 15-3 to Oakland, his first loss at Fenway after beginning the season 5-0 at home...before that start had won 4 of his previous 5 outings, going 4-1 with a 3.63 ERA (14 ER/34.2 IP)...turned in one his finest performances of the season on July 19 vs. Kansas City, limiting the Royals to 4 hits over 8.0 shutout innings...struck out 7 and did not walk a batter...became the first 13-game winner in the Majors on July 24 in Oakland, allowing 3 runs over 6.0 innings in Boston's 7-3 victory...August 19 vs. the Yankees was touched for 9 runs on 7 hits and 9 walks in 5.2 innings, striking out 2...the 9 earnedruns were a career high...the 9 walks were also a career high, and most by a Red Sox pitcher since Roger Moret, who walked 9 in a complete game win over the White Sox on August 22, 1975 vs. the White Sox at Fenway...earned his first win in exactly one month on August 24 in Anaheim, holding the Angels to one run on 4 hits over 6.0 innings in Boston's 2-1 win...had his start cut short due to a small cut on his right middlefinger...tossed a season-high 8.0 innings for the 3rd time on September 9 vs. Kansas City, allowing 4 runs on 8 hits in Boston's 12-inning, 10-4 loss...notched his 15th win of the season September 16 at Yankee Stadium, holding the Yankees to 2 runs on 4 hits despite 5 walks over 6.0 innings in Boston's 5-2 win...set a newcareer high with his 16th win September 21 vs. Minnesota, tossing 8.0 scoreless innings and scattering 6 hits with no walks and 5 strikeouts in a 6-0 win.
SUMMARY: Finished 15-8 with 2 complete games (one shutout) and a 3.38 ERA in his final yearwith the Marlins...one of only 11 N.L. pitchers to win at least 15 games, Beckett established then career highs in wins, starts (29), innings (178.2) and strikeouts (166), while ranking among league leaders in strikeouts per 9 innings (tied for 7th with 8.4), opponents average (9th at .234), winning percentage (tied for 9th at .652) and ERA (11th).
EXCLUSIVE COMPANY: Became just the 8th Marlins pitcher to win 15 games...combined withDontrelle Willis (22 wins) to become the 3rd pair of Florida teammates to both reach 15 wins, joining Kevin Brown (17) and Al Leiter (16) in 1996 and Brown (16) and Alex Fernandez (17) in 1997.
CENTURY CLUB: Made his 100th career start September 8 at Washington, earning his 13th win,8-4...became just the 5th pitcher to make 100 starts with the Marlins, joining A.J. Burnett (131), Brad Penny (130), Ryan Dempster (121) and Pat Rapp (115).
INSIDE THE NUMBERS: Allowed 3 earned runs or less in 23 of his 29 starts, surrendering 2 earnedruns or fewer in 19, including each of his final 5 starts, when he went 3-0 with a 2.25 ERA (8ER/32.0 IP)...also worked at least 6.0 innings in 23 of his 29 starts...went 10-2 with a 2.47 ERA (25 ER/91.0 IP) in 14 starts at Dolphins Stadium, but went just 5-6 with a 4.31 ERA (42 ER/87.2 IP) in 15 starts on the road...started the season strong, going 4-1 with a 1.36 ERA (5 ER/33.0 IP) in 5 April starts...endured 2 trips to the D.L. in 2005, the 8th and 9th D.L. stints of his big league career.
Posted then-career highs with 26 starts and 156.2 innings and matched his career bestswith 9 wins and 152 strikeouts...recorded a 9-9 record and 3.79 ERA while limiting opponents to a.235 average...would have ranked 8th in the N.L. with 8.7 strikeouts per 9 innings and 9th in theleague in opponents average, but fell 5.1 innings shy of qualifying...with only 54 walks, posteda 2.8-to-1 strikeout-to-walk ratio...made 3 trips to the D.L., first with a blister on his right middlefinger May 31, then with a strained lower back June 24 and finally with a skin tear on his rightmiddle finger July 6.
Posted a career-best 3.04 ERA, going 9-8 in 24 games (23 starts) for the Marlins beforeturning in an MVP performance in the World Series to help Florida to the World Championship...recorded 152 strikeouts in 142.0 innings, an average of 9.6 strikeouts per 9 innings...struck out7 or more in a start 14 times, including a season-high 11 punchouts September 14 vs. Atlanta...his 2.55 ERA (25 ER/88.1 IP) after the All-Star break was 8th-best in the N.L...made his first careerOpening Day start March 31 vs. Philadelphia, but took the loss after allowing 7 runs (2 earned) in2.2 innings...became the 9th-youngest Opening Day starter since 1980 at 22 years, 320 days andthe 2nd-youngest Opening Day starter in 2003 behind only Cleveland's C.C. Sabathia (22 years,253 days)...was named the MVP of Florida's World Series victory over the Yankees...went 2-2 witha 2.11 ERA (10 ER/42.2 IP) and 2 complete-game shutouts in the 2003 postseason, including acomplete-game 5-hitter for a 2-0 win in Game 6 of the World Series at Yankee Stadium to wrapup the championship for the Marlins...pitching on just 3 days rest, became the first pitcher sinceMinnesota's Jack Morris in 1991 to go the distance in a deciding World Series game (19th in baseballhistory), while his 47 strikeouts in the NLDS, NLCS and World Series matched the big leaguerecord for a single postseason set by Arizona's Randy Johnson in 2001...was the youngest pitcher(23 years, 5 months, 10 days) to win a deciding World Series game since Kansas City's Bret Saberhagen(21 years, 6 months, 16 days) in 1985...it was the first World Series complete-game shutoutsince Randy Johnson turned the trick for Arizona against the Yankees October 28, 2001.
Averaged more than a strikeout per inning pitched in his first big league season, fanning 113 in 107.2 innings...went 6-7 with a 4.10 ERA in 23 games (all but 2 as a starter) for the Marlins, limiting opposing batters to a .232 average...a right middle finger blister landed him on the D.L. 3 times: May 1-14, June 5-July 16 and August 23-September 11...closed the season by going 1-1 with a 2.77 ERA (4 ER/13.0 IP) in 5 September games (3 starts)...however, went just 4-5 with a 5.12 ERA over his final 15 games after going 2-2 with a 2.90 ERA in his first 8 outings...fanned 11 or more twice: April 23 vs. Houston (11 K's) and July 21 vs. Montreal (a career-high 12 K's)...the 12 strikeouts tied for 2nd-most by a starter in Florida history and contributed to a franchise-record 17 strikeouts in a 9-inning game.
Was named Marlins Rookie of the Year by the South Florida chapter of the Baseball Writers' Association of America after going 2-2 with a 1.50 ERA (4 ER/24.0 IP) in 4 starts for the Marlins after a September 1 promotion from Double-A Portland...was also named Florida's Minor League Player of the Year after going 14-1 with a 1.54 ERA in 26 games (25 starts) between Portland and Single-A Brevard County...was honored as Minor League Pitcher or Player of the Year by Sportsticker, USA Today, Baseball Weekly, Baseball America
and The Sporting News
labeled Beckett as Florida's top prospect and the 3rd overall prospect in baseball...in Baseball America's
annual Best Tools survey of league managers, was rated as the top pitching prospect in the Eastern League and Florida State League, and his fastball and breaking ball were ranked as the best in the FSL...was named the organization's Minor League Pitcher of the Month in April, June and August, and earned Pitcher of the Week honors in his league 3 times...tossed 7.0 innings in a combined no-hitter August 13 with Portland vs. Binghamton, only the 2nd no-hitter in Sea Dogs history...made his major league debut September 4 vs. Chicago, allowing just one hit and walking 3 over 6.0 innings, fanning 5 in Florida's 8-1 win...became just the 4th Marlins starter to win his major league debut...also recorded his first hit and run in the contest, doubling and scoring in the 5th inning...at 21 years, 112 days, was the 6th-youngest player to make his big league debut for the Marlins...tossed 10.0 consecutive scoreless innings to begin his major league career before allowing a Jose Vidro RBI double and a Vladimir Guerrero 2-run homer in the 5th inning September 19 at Montreal.
Pitching for Single-A Kane County in his pro debut, was rated by Midwest League managers as having the league's Best Fastball in Baseball America's
Best Tools survey...went 2-3 with a 2.12 ERA in 13 games (12 starts)...pitched in the All-Star Futures Game in Atlanta...was named the Marlins' No. 1 prospect and the 19th-best prospect in the game by BA...had 2 stints on the D.L. with right shoulder tendinitis.