Beckett’s Red-Hot Start is Real

I’m in a 12 team, 9×9 (Hitting categories: R, H, HR, RBI,
SB, BB, K, AVG, OPS. Pitching: IP, W, L, SV, ER, BB, K, ERA, WHIP) Yahoo

I got a trade offer. I would give up Josh Beckett and get
B.J. Upton.

is available at 2B and 3B, my current 2B is Alex Cora and my 3B is Chipper

Should I pull the trigger on this trade?

Phil in






The biggest difference between Beckett and Upton is that one’s
hot start is real.


When you stop and consider that Upton has 38 STRIKEOUTS in 101 at-bats, it’s
extremely difficult to imagine him sustaining his current .366 batting average.
It’s hardly something you want to bet on. If anything, Upton’s a player to sell — not buy — given
how fast he’s become everyone’s favorite Devil Ray.

Beckett is the opposite case. His ability to limit long
balls in 2007 is one of several reasons to take his comeback seriously. After
surrendering 36 homers last year, the Red Sox ace has given up just two in 46
2/3 innings. Oh, and he leads the Majors with a 7-0 record.


Unless you’re overwhelmed, hold tight on Beckett, who looks primed for the Cy Young-caliber
season everyone envisioned from him with the Marlins.

You’re better off scooping up a second baseman off the
waiver wire.

— Alex Cushing,

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