It’s about time! Today, Josh Beckett (yes, Josh Beckett) provided us with the first no hitter of the season from the lowly Phillies. This isn’t merely a good sign for Beckett, but it might be a good sign for the Dodgers, that are 27-24 and looking for some momentum to build on.
We’ve come to expect a great deal from the Los Angeles Dodgers, who reached the NLCS last year. In some recoverable format, they seem to have it all. They have two of the game’s brightest young stars, Clayton Kershaw and Yasiel Puig. They have one of the very talented and most expensive teams in the majors, which is why we’ve such high expectations for them. But, like this past year, they haven’t lived around the expectations yet.
That brings us to today. What seemed such as a normal game turned into a game title to remember. Probably the most unlikely of heroes, Josh Beckett, was having a normal year with a 2-1 record and an ERA close to 3.00. So, it had been shocking that Beckett had the ability to no hit the Phillies. Even in his prime, Beckett never had thrown a number hitter or perhaps a perfect game. But, Beckett’s heroics today might be compared to that of Yasiel Puig, who sparked the Dodgers at mid season along with his MVP-worthy performance in 2013.
This really is just what the Dodgers needed. Playing in a division with the Giants, who have a league-leading 31 wins, and the upstart Rockies, you have to be in your game. The Dodgers haven’t been on their game. In the majors, one game, even one player, could change the span of a complete season. The Dodgers have the pieces to become a 100-win team, but all they needed was only a little nudge to obtain them going on the right track. Today’s game might be that nudge. I realize that Dodgers fans are hoping so it is.