Tough Luck Loss For Dice-K As Bats Fall Silent
Two hits and 2 runs with 4 walks.....that's all Daisuke Matsuzaka gave up in his 6 innings of work. And the bullpen was unscored upon. But those untrustworthy Red Sox bats remained mute and the club left 14 men on base. Varitek was personally responsible for stranding 8 of those runners. But Daisuke must be getting used to this. In fact, in his past twelve starts, the team has scored 2 or less runs. Hard to believe, huh?
The Yankees finally were able to take a game from the LA Angels and gain a game in the standings. After their day off today, they play a four game set in Detroit before coming home and face the Red Sox. The Red Sox will have Matsuzaka, Beckett and Schilling going in that series, so they should be in good shape. One Yankee pitcher we WON'T see is Mike Mussina, and that's too bad....he's had two rough outings in a row. We'll be sure to see Clemens and Wang. Bring 'em on. That's all I can say.
Here are the Boston-Detroit pitching matchups.......
Josh Beckett (15-5, 3.15 ERA) vs. John Danks (6-11, 5.30) tonight
Curt Schilling (7-5, 4.25) vs. Jon Garland (8-9, 4.84) Friday
Tim Wakefield (15-10, 4.35) vs. Mark Buehrle (9-8, 3.42) Saturday
Jon Lester (2-0, 5.67) vs. Javier Vazquez (11-6, 3.66) Sunday
So there you have it. Are those matchups a blueprint for taking 3 of 4 from the sputtering White Sox? We have to hope so, and we also have to hope that the Tigers, on their home turf, can make a better showing against the Yankees than they did at the Stadium last week. Have a great Thursday, and click on the title of this post for all the details of that oh-so winnable Wednesday night game.