Monday, March 12, 2007

Daisuke Rolls The Dice

Daisuke was on the mound yesterday facing the Baltimore Orioles, his first look at an AL East rival. So he decided to experiment a little. After all, this is spring training, and that's the only time you can get away with an experiment gone awry. I'll let him tell you about it.......

"This being a team in our same division that we're going to face many times, I thought I'd take the opportunity to experiment a little bit.
"In the third and fourth innings, I was definitely throwing high up in the zone. Judging from what I experienced, throwing high fastballs and high sliders can tend to be a little bit dangerous."
Matsuzaka, who threw 63 pitches, 40 for strikes, allowed four runs and six hits while striking out three. His throwing error on a potential double-play ball in the fourth set up a three-run inning, including the second homer."

But then Melvin Mora had THIS to say......

"He's not from this planet," said Mora, who struck out twice. "He's coming from somewhere else. He's awesome. Nasty. He’s good. He’s really good. He’s got command of four pitches and they’re all nasty. His fastball’s nasty. His breaking pitch is nasty. His slider’s nasty. His delivery of the ball is sneaky. He’s going to help Boston a lot this year.”

It was two no namers who hit the homers, and the three run inning was set up by a Matsuzaka fielding error on what would have been a double play ball, so I'm not worried. In Japan, the high strike is a much more effective out pitch. Here, it's hit hard, and sometimes out. As it was yesterday in the latest learning experience for a pitcher named Daisuke. Our guy.

Daisuke will be fine. But..........the search for our closer goes on. Believe me, they're looking in the wrong place! Everyone, be on the lookout. The front office needs big-time help....now! I'd love to hear your comments on my never flinching, always consistant view on the deadly, maybe FATAL flaw of the 2007 Boston Red Sox. Now, while they (we) have time to fix them, or time to convince them! Please, remember, this is the team that I love, and I've seen so many different Sox teams through the years. The plusses outnumber the minuses. But when there is a check mark in the minus column for "closer," well, I am concerned. Bigtime. Panic button pushing. Me??? Not yet. Aware of what the heck (I could have used an entirely different word) the club lacks? Aren't you??? And that's EXACTLY why I need your comments. I DO!!!! I'll be here to reply. That's a promise.

8 Comments:

At 3/12/2007 8:09 AM, Blogger Mike said...

Yikes. Daisuke gives up runs. Dubois has decent pop, but that other guy has only like 16 MLB AB's. Glad to hear D-K was just "experimenting."
The Sox just need to get by in the bullpen until Matt Clement comes back to take over the closer role.

 
At 3/12/2007 8:15 AM, Blogger Peter N said...

A joke? I wish Matt the best, but if we have to wait until All-Star breakish time, we (the Sox) is in trouble!
DM was only experimenting with youngsters with the high strike zone, friendly to pitchers in Japan, but not here! And then an ill-timed error. Mike, great to see you! Hear from you...we don't have to worry about Daisuke, not in the next five plus years. Take care...........

 
At 3/12/2007 8:50 AM, Blogger Mike said...

Yep. J/k about Clement.
Theo needs to make a deal for a closer ASAP. Perhaps Cordero, Otsuka, or Linebrink?

 
At 3/12/2007 9:00 AM, Blogger Peter N said...

Theo with BOTH eyes open. That's what we need.....

 
At 3/12/2007 3:05 PM, Blogger Michael Leggett said...

I pray that Theo does NOT turn into either a pumpkin or, WORSE, another Steve Phillips.

 
At 3/12/2007 3:56 PM, Blogger Peter N said...

I know, Miguel, but the word surgery is not something one just throws out there!
Enjoy your Monday...I'll try to do the same!!!!!

 
At 3/12/2007 8:41 PM, Blogger ian said...

word on the street is the red sox are talking to the giants about armando benitez

 
At 3/13/2007 6:40 AM, Blogger Peter N said...

Ian, they HAVE TO do something.

 

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