Jay BluesWow. Are the Blue Jays struggling now. I imagine that some jobs are in real jeopardy in Toronto right now with 8 consecutive losses in the books. J.P. Ricciardi lied about an injury for months, destroying his credibility, and manager John Gibbons has rubbed more than a few people the wrong way. None of that mattered to Daisuke Matsuzaka as he looked to bounce back from some shaky performances that had a few members of the Nation in therapy.
His final line was even better than I expected, mainly because my prediction that Toronto would find a little offense after dropping 7 straight. Not on this night. If not for Alex Rios, the pitching line that Daisuke produced would be seriously frightening. Take away his 3 hits and walk and Matsuzaka would have gone 7 complete on 2 hits and 2 walks. Even so, the results were more in line with what we all expect from the talented rookie.
3 walks (still too many)
8 strikeouts (outstanding)
1 run (Overbay's HR)
Things are looking up for Matsuzaka as he was able to translate his recent struggles into an effective workout, and will now look to build on this win for the remainder of May. His K-rate remains one of the best in the sport at more than 10 Ks per 9 innings. If he can harness the control and avoid the walks, he will be unbeatable. Or, at least very very very very good. I'll bring you more in depth analysis of this start and the reaction from Japan shortly. Good to be back on track.