The book closed on Josh Beckett's 2010 season last night.
One of the only things keeping many of us watching over the past few weeks was to see if Beckett and Lackey could finally string together some quality starts and find their grove.
That question has been answered, and it's time to be concerned.
Consider Beckett's final 2010 numbers:
Innings pitched: 127.2
At the beginning of the year you may have been able to convince me that those numbers were Dice-K's....or maybe Dontrelle Willis'....but certainly not a guy who the Sox just locked into for 82.5 million dollars.
Add to that Lackey's utter failure in Boston this year and you've got 165 + million tied up on two pitchers over 30 for the next four years. They were supposed to be our solid rocks, the stoppers who remain as constants while Lester and Buchholz matured into their prime years.
Now, as ITM once again starts our internal debate of going to Ft Myers for Spring Training in 2011, we have 165 million dollars worth of question marks.
PS: ITM has become a fan of the Cincy Reds for the post season. If you don't route for them, you don't have a soul.