Josh Beckett’s production is finally living up to his hype.
Injuries have kept Beckett from living up to his full potential since Florida drafted him with the second overall pick in the 1999 draft.
Beckett pitched brilliantly to win the 2003 World Series MVP, but he’d never won 10 games in the regular season before breaking through this year. The hard-throwing right-hander has won four straight decisions to up his record to 12-3 with a 3.15 ERA.
He has a 2.66 ERA in six starts since coming off the disabled list for the second time this season on July 23. Beckett has had difficulty on the road this year, going 3-4 with a 4.24 ERA in 10 starts.
Willis gave up two runs and drove in the go-ahead run with a sacrifice fly Monday, helping the Marlins beat the Los Angeles Dodgers 5-2.
Four innings of shutout work by the bullpen helped Willis (17-8) earn a share of the major-league lead in victories with St. Louis’ Chris Carpenter (17-4).
The Marlins went 9-4 on a two-week homestand, all against the NL West, and won their fourth series in a row, taking three of four from Los Angeles. They’ve won five of their last six games and trail wild card-leading Houston by a half-game.
“The way we’re going now, anything can happen,” Florida manager Jack McKeon said.
The Brewers have lost two of three to fall three games below .500.
Righty Victor Santos gave up seven runs and nine hits in 3 1-3 innings as Milwaukee lost to the Houston 8-3 on Sunday.
The Brewers will try to bounce back behind southpaw Chris Capuano on Tuesday.
Capuano is 5-2 over his last nine starts to up his record to a career-best 13-8. The 27-year-old hurler gave up six hits in seven innings to lower his ERA to 3.61 and earn a 2-0 win over Colorado at Coors Field on Wednesday.
Capuano is 4-4 with a 3.00 ERA in 12 starts at Miller Field.