Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Matsuzaka Arm Fatigue?? A Dozen Inning Boston Loss Adds To A Dismal Early April

In his first two starts, Daisuke Matsuzaka has given up nine runs in only 6 1/3 innings. Last night in Oakland, he lasted only one inning, giving up five earned runs on five hits while walking two and striking out none...not the typical Matsuzaka outing. The Boston bullpen was tremendous but the Red Sox offense couldn't muster a single run to break the maddening tie. The team stated that Daisuke is suffering from "arm fatigue," a result of his World Baseball Classic appearances. After his brief outing, he said this...

“Not in particular,” Matsuzaka said through a translator when asked if he had any physical problems. “I haven’t had the chance to speak to manager Terry Francona yet, but for me personally, I think I’m OK.”

Boston manager Terry Francona added the following...

“We talked to him a couple of days ago, and he communicated to us that he had some fatigue and general soreness in the back of the shoulder from the WBC,” Francona said. “He came out tonight and didn’t have a whole lot. I felt like he ramped up too quick for the WBC, and we’re feeling the effects of that. That’s what we worried about."

I sincerely doubt that any Red Sox players will be playing in any future World Baseball Classics...down went Youk, Pedey and Matsuzaka. Here's last night's Red Sox pitching summary and then I'll be back with a few syllables...

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IP H R ER BB K HR Season ERA
D. Matsuzaka 1.0 5 5 5 2 0 0 12.79
J. Masterson 4.0 2 0 0 0 6 0 4.50
M. Delcarmen 1.2 3 0 0 1 3 0 0.00
R. Ramirez 1.1 0 0 0 1 1 0 0.00
H. Okajima 2.0 0 0 0 1 2 0 6.75
J. Papelbon 1.0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2.70
J. Lopez (L, 0-1) 0.2 1 1 1 3 1

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When will this madness end? We can only wait and hope, hope and wait. They play today at 3:35pm EDT and then head east to their home base...Fenway Park in beautiful downtown Boston.

Red Sox ace Josh Beckett has said he will appeal his ludicrous six game suspension after MLB officials made their shockingly surprising decision. Hey, I saw the game and I witnessed exactly what happened. If you ask me, that suspension is totally baseless and unfounded. What about innocent until proven guilty? I guess that doesn't pertain to major league baseball. It was a nonsensical and sh*t-filled decision. What else can I say?

Boston tries to turn around their mid-April slide this afternoon before they jet east. Let's hope they do. Click on this post's title for more on last night's bummer and as always, BE WELL. Thanks for stopping by and your comments are always read and responded to...count on it. See ya.

5 Comments:

At 4/15/2009 11:14 AM, Anonymous johnbee418 said...

OK, another instance of being blind-sided by the despicable yankees. First off, let's not forget just who this fathead Bob Watson is and was. He's the pet and token of the club owners and WAS a yankee employee for years. When the Red Sox are involved, this worthless dictatorial of bias comes down like a hammer.

I worked for nearly a dozen years in the criminal justice system as an investigator, testified in many trials, worked closely with attornies on both sides of the bench. Probable cause is one of the major elements necessary in trying an individual...but only after a crime has been committed. Where was Beckett's crime? Did he hit anyone? Did anyone sprawl in the dirt from a close pitch? No.

Yet, Mr. Watson dares tell us that he KNOWS for a certainty, what Josh Beckett was thinking and intending. All Watson knows is what that idiot, Bud Selig, wants him to know.

This case of anyone being judge, jury, and executioner is absurd. Almost as absurd as the WBC, which is what got me going on this tirade today over Dice-K and arm fatigue. Gad, how I miss the glory days when the game was played in the sun, exhibitions were concocted during the winter, and the only drugs applied were beer and scotch. The Boys of Summer were men in those days. It's enough to cause weeping.

 
At 4/15/2009 11:25 AM, Blogger ♥♥♥♥♥ Jennifer™® ♥♥♥♥♥ said...

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At 4/15/2009 3:16 PM, Blogger Bosox Fan in Wichita said...

johnbee418 you are dead-on with Watson knowing Beckett's intent. Unfortunately, when he left the mound is when things got out of hand and he will suffer for that indiscretion. And Justin Speier deserves a bat to the crotch for saying the incident was equal to Clemens throwing the broken bat at Piazza.

All of a sudden our starting pitching looks shaky, please come through and save us Wakey! If Daisuke has to rest for awhile & Buchholz has an injury & Smolz isn't ready, who do we call up? Bard? Bowden? McBeth?

 
At 4/15/2009 5:51 PM, Blogger Bosox Fan in Wichita said...

Hooray for Timmay!!

It's Hunter Jones that wins the call-up lottery.

 
At 4/16/2009 7:15 AM, Blogger Peter N said...

You're right on the money, JB and BFW. Thanks. Watson as judge and jury is so ludicrous, it's almost comical. Oaf. And BFW, Timmah did JUST that!! He earned us a win and gave the bullpen a two day rest. Fenway, here we come!

I've never seen Hunter Jones pitch, but he might. Masterson will take Daisuke's place, most likely.

 

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