Wednesday, May 30, 2007

Quick Prediction

7 IP
9 hits
2 HR
3 BB
7 K
5 ER

I hate to say I have a bad feeling about this game, but I have a bad feeling about this game. The Indians are tied for 2nd in the Majors with the Red Sox for runs scored. They are 2nd in OBP, just behind the Sox. The Tribe is 4th in SLG and 6th in home runs. Fortunately for Daisuke, the Indians are also 4th in strikeouts. If he catches the Injuns on an off day he might tally double digits in Ks and walk away with a lights out win. If the Indians are in good form it could get ugly. I question how strong Daisuke is after his bout with food poisoning. Was his workout as rigorous as it normally is? Did he lose a little strength? Is he going to need another week to get back to 100%? We'll see. I'm going with the pessimistic prediction. Let's see.


At 4:37 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

This will be one of the most difficult games for Dice-K yet this year. My confidence in him will skyrocket if he finishes with a good line.

At 4:47 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I have a feeling that DiceK is going to have a nearly perfect game. He's been sick, which means he is rested. He will be a litte tentative, which translates into being relaxed and careful. We will see. He shouldn't go for a complete game because he will probably run outta gas towards the end. Isn't it great that we have Okaji and Pep!

At 4:57 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Also the walk totals will probably be up because you know Hafner will walk minimum 3 times regardless of the pitcher! He sees anything twisting and turning like Dice-K breaking balls do and the bat just sleeps on his shoulder.

At 5:47 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I suppose I ought to put together a sign for Dice-K's Oakland start next week. I was thinking something basic -- it's been years since my last Japanese class, but something like ”マつ坂さん が 一番 です!”

Except with the right kanji for "Matsu" -- OS X can't seem to register it. Must be looking in the wrong place.

At 6:20 AM, Blogger John said...

I say Matsuzaka will surprise most people by pitching a quality game; which would be decent enough to keep Cleveland under 2 runs.
In addition, Mike just gets more bitter in a conflicted mood as Matsuzaka carries Boston further away from the sinking Yankees


At 6:56 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I kinda think His change will come back, as he spent almost an entire bullpen session on it. if this is true and he locates his fastball well he could be pitching in reverse again. Starting with a change would most likely bring up the pedro comp again. I havent herd if he's comming over the top at his release like Okaji is, If so it would have a screwball twist.
On a Side note this has been Okaji's eadge. He not only has the craziest delivery but his anti righty pitch called the "Oki doke"
by the Redsox bullpen coach is somthing he wasnt trowing in japan. This pitch is somthing our new pitching coach John Farrel noticed in spring traning and helped devlope. It's basically a forkball that he goes over the top on so it looks like a slow slider that never brakes. when thrown inside to a batter it has started making them look goofy. If you dont belive me as Gary Sheffield lol


At 7:41 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Gary Sheffield looks goofy on every swing that isn't a homerun.

At 9:47 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Pitch count through the roof right now.

At 10:59 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Pretty decent blog for a Yankee fan. I don't see the bitterness commented on here. Looks pretty objective to me. As a diehard Boston fan, I thought Daisuke looked good yesterday and then lost it. I hope it had to do with his recent bout with the flu. He looked solid through 4, gstranding a leadoff double with 0 outs in the 4th. In the fifth, they had 2nd and 3rd with 1 out and I thought he might get out of it. In the 6th, it was obvious he was done and Tito should have pulled him after 90 pitches. Hopefully, he'll gear up and look better on his next start.

We're a long way from panicking, regardless of any druken banter that is shown outside Fenway. Daisuke has a long leash with most Boston fans and I'm sure he'll be fine.


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