Josh Beckett has had a great career. He is a two-time World Series champion and with the 2014 draft approaching, Beckett was also once the No. 2 overall pick in the 1999 edition. However, the last few seasons Beckett has really battled the injury bug just to even stay on the field regularly. Prior to this season, he had only started a total of 15 games since becoming a member of the Los Angeles Dodgers. But now seemingly healthy, Beckett has just completed one of his best months out on the mound in recent memory much to the delight of Dodgers fans.
While he did lose his final start of the month against the Pittsburgh Pirates, Beckett did win three consecutive starts in the month of May. One of those starts also happened to be his first career no-hitter as well.
With a near 3:1 strikeout to walk ratio, Beckett has been throwing the ball well recently for the Dodgers’ very stout pitching staff this month. Things would be looking up for a team’s pitching staff that very nearly tossed consecutive no-hitters for the first time ever in history and neither of them involved ace Clayton Kershaw.
Beckett’s start against the Pirates figured to be a slight regression given the circumstances. In his no-hit game, he threw a career-high 128 pitches. In just five innings of work against the Buccos, the right-hander threw just 88 pitches, which was likely in the efforts to save some wear on Beckett’s arm down the road. But Beckett’s work was still a solid outing just days after pitching the first no-no in the league on the season.
In the month of May, Beckett lowered his month-to-month ERA by a few points. He also earned three long overdue wins, which are his first wins since joining the Dodgers back in 2012. L.A. will certainly hope that the hot streak by Beckett is a sign of good things to come for the remainder of the year.
Now healthy, Beckett turned in his best month in recent memory and is becoming a quality third starter within the Dodgers’ rotation. He is showing flashes of that dominance that once made him one of the league’s best not too long ago.
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