Leyland critiques approach
Manager Jim Leyland gave credit to Josh Beckett for his 14th win of the year Wednesday, but he also took exception with some of the patience displayed by his club. He suggested they took too many first pitches from Beckett, who threw first-pitch strikes to 19 of the 24 batters he faced.
“That just makes it easy for him,” Leyland said. “I know how good he is. I know it’s not that easy. But for you to get a guy like him, he basically is going to come right at you. He has very good stuff, and then, he’s a very intelligent pitcher. He’s going to come at you, and if he can get you to stand there and take a strike-one fastball, that’s really playing into his hand.”
He pointed to Carlos Guillen hitting a first-pitch fastball in the fifth for his home run.