Pitching wins are meaningless as a stat? Try telling that to a formerly great starter who hasn’t had one in a year-and-a-half.
Try telling that to Josh Beckett.
Beckett finally got back in the victory column Tuesday night after going winless since September of 2012. The former World Series hero pitched 6 2/3 innings for the Dodgers, giving up one unearned run as L.A. cruised to a 7-1 win over the Marlins.
When you say “first win since 2012″ that makes it sound like a bad losing streak. But of course Beckett only got five decisions in a 2013 season interrupted by rib removal surgery.
Even so, Beckett says the long time span between wins did begin to weigh on his mind a little bit. Or a lot. Or an amount equivalent to a dump truck resting on his skull.
“You can’t help but think about it after a while,” Beckett said via ESPN. “But I knew if I kept making pitches, this team was bound to score some runs. This lineup we’re running out there every day is pretty good.”
Beckett has actually pitched well this year since coming off the DL, but luck just wasn’t with him when it came to getting that elusive first win.
Don’t worry about that kind of thing Josh, just listen to the baseball nerds who tell you wins don’t really matter.