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What a great game last night. Beckett is simply amazing. I'm not sure why the Sox didn't pull him after seven, go with Oki, then Pap, and thus leave a bit more of a window to get a few innings from Josh in game 7 if absolutely needed. But the point is to win, and leaving Beckett in for this game was the surest way to ensure that.

Let's give credit where credit is due: Youk is really hitting well. He's working the count like he always does, but he's looked aggressive and, unlike his usual at bats against elite power pitchers, he hasn't looked the least bit overmatched.

I'm usually in the camp with Tito of stay with the guys that got you here, don't change for the sake of change, don't show panic by giving up on a player, etc. I agreed wholeheartedly with this approach to the early season Pedroia-Cora controversy. However, I do think it's time that Ellsbury (or even Kielty) start. Coco is struggling soooooo badly. His "at bat" when he tried to bunt (something he's usually great at) then struck out pitifully was a sign to me that he has nothing right now. He should not start game 6. Hell, he's gone in the off season anyway. It's not like JD who, one could argue, is on board for years to go so giving up on him now would potentially hurt us next year. That is not the case for Coco. Unfortunately, his trade value is falling. But, that is not the point right now.

Also, in retrospect, I now agree that starting Beckett in game 4 would have been the right call. I also admit to not being of that opinion when it mattered... wait, my opinion never matters. Shit.


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