Thursday, July 19, 2007

Moving Day

I'm in the middle of moving right now, but Matsuzaka Watch is just that committed. Here's a quick prediction. The White Sox are garbage. Matsuzaka is coming off a couple of shaky performances. We get to see some vintage Daisuke to the tune of:

9 IP
4 hits
1 walk
0 runs
12 Ks
125+ pitches

Just a gut feeling. I will probably regret that prediction later.....Gotta move. See you on the flip side true believers....


At 1:51 AM, Blogger pgriffith said...

Good luck moving! I think your prediction might be a little off, but I think Daisuke will appreciate your confidence. Before the All Star break, when the Red Sox played Detroit, the Sox were hoping Daisuke will stop the slide, but he lost 6-5. Hopefully Daisuke can stop the slide this time. Go Daisuke and the Sox.

At 9:11 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

this rain delay is a killer

At 10:28 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I disagree. He's lacking the dominance he had in June.

At 11:47 AM, Blogger John said...

Well.. so far despite the first inning minor jam Matsuzaka is showing dominance


probably will pitch 7 innings tonight and let Okajima and Papelbon finish it off

At 12:08 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

6 walks in 6 innings is completely unacceptable. Let alone walking the bases loaded with no outs. Where has Daisuke's control gone?

At 12:16 PM, Blogger John said...

Watching game here, you can't entirely blame on Matsuzaka. Certainly he has to take some responsibility but the umpire has a very unstable strike zone tonight
A few key pitches weren't called strike when they were strikes

At 1:19 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

this guy needs to learn how to throw strikes. it seems like every batter goes to a full count. three walks in row.

At 1:23 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Dice-K sucked.

5 innings.
6 walks.

Stop making excuses for Matsuzaka. Vasquez was able to work around the umpiring.

Matsuzaka is an overhyped and inconsistent "media phenom."

At 1:31 PM, Anonymous duc said...

He's not overhyped. He's as advertised. His stuff is there. For some reason, his control is so off. I'm sure after a game or two, his mojo will come back. It's weird how the whole team is doing bad, too.

At 1:19 AM, Blogger Tully Moxness said...

I love how the anonymous Yankee fans who are still bitter over the 'consolation prize' of Kei Igawa always come out of the woodwork when Daisuke has a bad game. Where were you all when he was pitcher of the month?

Regardless of the 6th inning, I feel he's coming back to the pre-break form. From the 2nd to the 6th, his stuff was outstanding. The six walks don't worry me, but the Return of the Big Inning is a sequel I'd prefer to see relegated to the dustbin of history. He really seems to struggle in games when he takes bad home plate umpiring personally - it affects his concentration. Have you noticed that this effect is much more noticeable in Fenway than on the road? I'm hopeful that his next start will get him back to the complete pitching form of the last couple of months.

Finally, I appreciate the Red Sox offense for bailing him out of some bad games this year, but they can't seem to score any runs in his quality starts (or near ones, in this case). I haven't done the math, but I'm going to see what his run support has been in games when he has given up 3 runs or less. It can't be pretty. I thought the Sox could get through this season with the struggling Lugo and Drew, but if Theo doesn't make a deal for a bat soon, we could be looking at 1978-redux.

At 3:37 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Disappointed about Matsuzaka. He's just too inconsistent. He's easy to get into troubles when facing patient hitters.

At 1:07 PM, Anonymous cv82 said...

It is entirely possible for actual Red Sox fans to be disgruntled over Matsuzaka's 112 OPS+ and 1.28 WHIP. Those are barely above average, and this is a guy that cost $50 mil just to negotiate with. He should be pitching better. Everyone said he would do better than he has. He is under-performing, no question about it.

At 12:44 AM, Anonymous Mike said...

Count me as one of those who's been impressed with Matsuzaka so far.

Him and Oki have pretty much saved Theo from having a horrible free agent season.

I wouldn't be surprised if the anonymous poster really is a closet Yankee fan.

I'd be frustrated too if I had to watch Irabu and now Igawa defecate on the mound while wearing pinstripes.

At 1:34 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yankee defecators. Now there is a colorful image for you.

I always knew the Yankees had a problem with controlling their bowel movements.


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