All season we've noted the Red Sox' record in Josh Beckett's starts, as if he's the reason for their sub-.500 record. But maybe that's not the problem. Maybe the problem was counting on him so much in the first place.

At this point, there's no salvaging Beckett's season, not with the Red Sox 7-14 in his 21 starts and another nagging injury as likely as a standout start down the stretch.

Beckett has won exactly once since May 21, and that was on July 15. It speaks to how quickly our expectations of him have shifted that last night's start didn't even seem that bad: six innings, seven hits, four runs, two solo homers to Ichiro Suzuki in a 4-1 loss to the Yankees.