Not many people would have predicted this to happen seeing as the pitcher hadn’t thrown one in his entire career and he has been in the league for 13 years now. Once being an ace in MLB, Beckett seems to be on the back-nine of his career, but Sunday afternoon’s performance showed baseball that he’s far from being unproductive.
Heck, is Beckett getting better with age?
Beckett’s lowest season ERA before turning 30 years old was 3.04 with the Florida Marlins back in 2003 — the same year he was the ace for that team and they won the World Series. Since turning 30, he has struggled a bit to stay healthy, but he posted a career-best 2.89 ERA and a 13-7 record with the Boston Red Sox in 2011.
The 2014 season has been his best yet — thus far. Beckett just threw his first career no-hitter 10 days after his 34th birthday and lowered his ERA to a sparkling 2.43 in the process, to go along with a solid 3-1 record in nine starts on the season.
How is he doing it? He is striking people out at solid 8.87 K/9 clip, his second-highest total since 2008 with the Red Sox. He also has the second-lowest WHIP since 2007 with the Sox at 1.16, and he’s keeping people off the basepaths — although he did allow three walks in the no-hitter.
Whatever he’s doing, it’s working. The 34-year-old veteran is making the Dodgers a World Series favorite, and he’s looking younger by the game.
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