Friday, June 22, 2007

Boom! Boom! Boom!

This week's prediction comes directly from a personal favorite of mine, Go Hiromi. Mr. Go is a former teen idol, now in his early 50's and still going strong. Think of him as a kind of post-Miami Vice Don Johnson meets Ricky Martin and you have this wonderful "artist" down cold. Before we get to the prediction, you should check out the latest from this transcendent artist via the magic of YouTube. Ah.....if only there were more like this!

Boom! Boom! Boom! is the name of the new single and Boom! Boom! Boom! come the strikeouts for Daisuke against the Padres. Only the Marlins strike out more than San Diego and only the White Sox have a lower team batting average. The only saving grace for the "Fathers" is that they know how to take a walk. Hiromi told me that the walks will put Daisuke in a few jams, but the strikeout will save him in the end.

7 IP
5 hits
4 walks
2 runs
12 Ks

(Do yourself a favor and watch the clip at least until he starts to dance at about :52 remaining. You won't be sorry.)


At 12:28 AM, Blogger John said...

Thanks for the great laugh in the morning! I never thought Hiromi would be this hilarious!
Anyway I'm hoping to see from Matsuzaka:

8 IP
0 BB
10 K
5 H
2 ER

He's up against Maddux, the pitcher with the greatest command in modern era! Which reminds me; of all the active 40+ year old future hall of famer pitchers, who do you think would be the best mentor for Matsuzaka?

At 7:40 AM, Blogger Coop said...

12 k's IN 7 INNINGS?!?!? Wow, that's quite a lofty prediction. All you guys, check out my prediction at

At 12:15 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

why the hell is dice-k struggling so much with his command, he is getting to full count on every hitter and these are the frigging padres for god's sake, not the murderer's row, already 72 through 3 innings...

At 1:16 PM, Blogger John said...

He is really trying to hard to strike out the batter in my opinion; also he perhaps hasn't fully realised that MLB batters differ from NPB batters significantly in that MLB batters usually do not chase out of the box.
I think this is simply the growing pain we'll have to witness this season

At 1:20 PM, Blogger John said...

but at the same time, I'd like to wonder if it's Varitek or Matsuzaka himself calling the pitches after gaining that lead in the count. Too many times a 1-2 count would end up being 3-2 count or even more

At 1:29 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

126 pitches through 6 innings, that's awful, at least he is getting out of jams a not allowing a bunch of runs...

At 2:32 PM, Anonymous DaisukeM18 said...

6 innings 1 run

I don't care how many pitches the guy throws. Daisuke is "the man" tonight. After some early troubles in the first, he shuts out the Padres for 5 straight innings.

So far he has 9 wins and 10 quality starts. Him along with Beckett have been our best starters in June. The guy is a Godsend.

I bet Daisuke enjoyed beating Maddux too.

At 3:20 PM, Blogger John said...

Did you catch his reaction after striking out Giles in the 6th? I saw "confidence" and "prestige"

At 3:57 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

So how did Matsuzaka look?

He only gave up 1 run, but those
5 walks (and over 120 pitches) in 6 innings are not good--to say the least.

At 10:24 PM, Anonymous DaisukeM18 said...

Most of those walks came in the first. He was rather dominant for the rest of the game. The pitch count doesn't bother me because he still managed to get into the sixth inning.

If he pitched that many and couldn't get to the 5th, I would be disappointed. Clemens' last start in Coors comes to mind.

At 5:36 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

John said...
Did you catch his reaction after striking out Giles in the 6th? I saw "confidence" and "prestige"

I did notice and it was great. For a guy who pretty much keeps his emotions hidden when he is on the mound, every now and then you get a glimpse. My gosh, what a competitor

At 11:10 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

After Dice-K struck out Brian Giles, I thought he should have done Shawne Merriman's "Lights Out" sack dance.

I'm sure that New England fans would have just loved the latter, particularly since the game was in San Diego.


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