GARION’S THURSDAY, MAY 1ST STREAM POWER RANKINGS
- Josh Beckett (16%) @MIN
- Henderson Alvarez (6%) vs. ATL
- Juan Nicasio (3%) vs. NYM
- Jeremy Guthrie (5%) vs. TOR
- Ricky Nolasco (23%) vs. LAD
- Cesar Ramos (0%) @BOS
Josh Beckett (16%) @MIN – I’ll forgive you if you need a second to either process this selection or, for you newer baseball fans, look-up exactly who this is. In 2014, Beckett is the kind of name that startles the old men of Tattooine. But, even after all the injuries, he’s a guy that still throws it in the low to mid-90’s, with the ability to touch 96mph if the situation calls for it. Beckett is coming off easily his best start in over a year, going eight innings against the Rockies, surrendering just two solo home runs, scattered around four hits and zero walks. In no way do I believe him to still be an All-Star, or anywhere close to that calibre of pitcher, but if the innings are there the strikeouts will be too. The veteran is sitting down a batter per frame through four outings with a completely sustainable 8.7% swinging strike rate. However as key as strikeouts will be against the Twins, who have a team K% of 22.5% – it’ll be Beckett’s control that will dictate a successful start at Target Field as Minnesota leads baseball with 121 walks in just 23 games. Keep the Twins off the bases. Keep them off the scoreboard. It’s that simple for Beckett.