Continuing my “hot and cold” theme of late, here’s a visual of Josh Beckett’s 2009 season, with red indicating a quality start (minimum 6 innings pitched with no more than 3 earned runs allowed). The squares represent innings completed, with earned runs allowed inside each inning.
I think Josh Beckett is overrrated (at least during the regular season). He’s viewed as a prototypical #1, but he pitched like a true ace for only 2 months (May and June). He pitched like a #2 in July and September, a #3 in August, and a #4 in April. Average that out over the season and he was a poor #2 starter or a very good #3 starter.