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There were three very impressive performances tonight: Josh Beckett, Jacoby Ellsbury and cap down to Roy Halladay.
Josh Beckett had another solid performance and gained his 17th win tying him with the most wins in baseball. Beckett got the lead in the 4th and allowed one big mistake to Matt Stairs in the top of the 5th. Besides the homerun by Stairs Josh managed the game very well and kept the Blue Jays on their heels for eight strong innings. Nobody is talking about Josh’s durability now.
Jacoby Ellsbury looks like a young Carlos Beltran. I’m not sure anyone else has made that comparison BUT look at their skill sets. Speed, contact, play good center, early on didn’t have much power, and from what I saw tonight, the same home-run swing. Now Beltran was seen as a bigger power guy early, but Ellsbury is still young and has more developing to go. He could easily add the pounds. Beltran currently is listed as 6′-1″ and 205 lbs. Ellsbury is 6′-1″ and 185 lbs. (Also, Beltran has a great arm. But thats just one extra thing)
Roy Halladay is just such a strong competitor. The Blue Jays may be out of it but it doesn’t matter to Halladay. He battles long and hard. Ellsbury got the best of Roy Halladay today but it was a very strongly pitched game. If Coco Crisp didn’t avoid a double-play in the 4th inning and continue the inning the Sox wouldn’t have gotten four of their runs. Like Roy’s last four starts, he pitched eight innings or more. Earning a complete game. Also he shut down Mike Lowell. One of the hottest hitters against him and a guy on a 16-game hitting streak.