Monday, October 22, 2007

It's Winnin' Time, or...

...it's dyin' time. Game 7. Big time pressure. Season on the line. Ultimately, Matsuzaka's legacy will be ignited by this single moment. If he's bad, and the Red Sox lose, it will take years of outstanding pitching to win back the fans he will lose in this moment. If he pitches great, and the Sox win, he will have found some measure of redemption after a troubled second half. A lot will be forgiven in this moment if he steps up. J.D. Drew had a bit of that redemption with his big grand slam last night. Will Daisuke hit a grand slam of his own, vaulting the Sox to the World Series? Will the Indians get the best of him yet again?

Win and I keep writing here. Lose and it will be one, maybe two, more posts before retiring.

7 IP
5 hits
4 walks
4 runs
6 Ks

Is that enough for a win? Ask the Red Sox offense.....

12 Comments:

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

You're predicting four runs? That's not a sure display of confidence in Dice-K, Mike! And by saying if he wins, you'll continue posting but not if he loses, that really sounds like you've given up on the Dice Man...

: (

 
At 5:32 AM, Blogger Mike Plugh said...

No. If you read back a few posts, I've announced that I'm retiring this blog after the 2007 season, win or lose.

I predict 4 runs because I haven't seen anything in the last 2 months that indicate Matsuzaka has figured out how to get out quality Major League hitters at this point in the year.

I have a lot of confidence that he will be much more comfortable and in tune with the MLB environment next season and you'll see a better Daisuke, but tonight is still the tail end of a very long and grueling year that has gone a bit to the dogs for our boy.

We'll see.

 
At 7:33 AM, Blogger Wayne said...

I expect the Sox offense to be red hot tonight. I wouldn't be surprised if they pick up Daisuke much in the way they picked up Schilling early last night. I think that will help Daisuke to pound the strike zone. I'm actually expecting a great performance, maybe 7 IP and 2 ER with 8 K's.

 
At 9:58 AM, Blogger Mike Plugh said...

So far.....dominant. Absolutely dominant through 2.

 
At 3:17 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Mike,
Thank you so much for all of your blogs. I have been reading them for awhile now. I know that you are a Yankees fan and I appreciate it even more that you give your time to have followed Dice-K for the past couple of years. I'm sad to see that you are ending your blogs on him but you have been great. SOX ARE IN THE WORLD SERIES!!! Dice-K was good up until the 5th, but he did enough to get the win and held the Indians to only 2 runs. The "!" of the night for Dice was when he struck out Asdrubal Cabrera with that sick changeup. Again, I thank you for all of your effort, even though you are a Yankees fan ;-D

 
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At 12:12 AM, Blogger miz said...

i think it's safe to say that if matsuzaka pitches well tonight and wins, all the inconsistencies and bad luck of the regular season will be forgiven.

 
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