Josh Beckett's Run Support is a Joke

By Alastair Ingram

Through seven starts in 2011, Josh Beckett has a 1.99 ERA.

The Red Sox’ offense has given Beckett just 12 runs of support in those outings.

Beckett’s record stands at 2-1 after the right-hander picked up his fourth straight no decision on Monday night, despite pitching seven scoreless innings against the Twins.

He allowed just six hits and one walk while striking out five batters but the Sox’ bats could only push across one run against Minnesota starter Nick Blackburn.

That marks the only run the Sox have scored for Beckett in his last three starts (although one was a rain-shortened outing last week against the Angels).

Beckett has pitched like a 20-game winner to this point in the season, but his win-loss record is highly misleading.

Beckett was in line for a win until Jason Kubel drove in the game-tying run off Jonathan Papelbon with two outs in the eighth inning for Papelbon’s first blown save of the year.

Boston eventually won the game thanks to an walk-off RBI double from Carl Crawford off the green monster in the 11th.

Beckett’s next start is scheduled for Sunday night against the Yankees in the Bronx for the final game of a three-game series.

The righty allowed six home runs and posted a 8.44 ERA in three starts at Yankee Stadium last year.

Alastair Ingram is the lead Boston Red Sox writer for the Rant Sports Network. For daily updates, follow Fenway Faithful Report on Twitter at @FenwayReport and join the fan page on Facebook.

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