March 22nd, 2007
Daisuke certainly rebounded from his less than stellar performance in this last start to limit the Pirates to 1 hit over 5 2/3 innings, including getting 11 batters out in order. Throwing 92 pitches, with 61 for strikes, Daisuke hit one (the 1st batter of the game) walked 1 and struck out 7. To a man, this is brilliant work–to Daisuke Matsuzaka he was glad: “…[he]was able to pitch despite struggling a little.” THIS is struggling? So what does he consider not struggling? A perfect game? Have I mentioned I cannot WAIT to see this guy pitch??
In what was hopefully a minor setback, Jon Lester did not far so well in his game against the Twin’s AAA team, throwing 42 pitches, and giving up 3 runs (including a homer) on 6 hits with 1 walk and 1 strikeout. Due to pitch count restrictions, he did not get out of the 2nd or 3rd inning in the game.
J. D. Drew has been knocking the snot out of the ball. Going 2 for 3 in yesterday’s game against the Bucs, his Spring Training batter average is..get this….464.
Unfortunately, the other side of that coin is Jason Varitek, who after going 0-3 with a walk yesterday is .080–Yes, like 8 cents….oooooh boy……While I certainly understand and agree that Jason’s value is certainly behind the plate–we cannot have him be a sucking gaping hole in the lineup…For the Sox to be successful, ‘Tek needs to rebound from his subpar numbers of the 2006 campaign: 238 with 12 homes and 55 RBI’s.
Creeping closer to 500…With yesterday’s win, the Sox record stands at 10-10-1.
And since today is a day of the week that ends in “Y”, it’s time to talk about Paplebon going back to being closer AGAIN…and Jonathan says the same things he has said, AGAIN: “For me, Iâ€™m going to do whatâ€™s best for the team…Whether I go back there (to the bullpen) or whether I stay starting and wait until the All-Star break, and do something then, weâ€™ll have to see. Itâ€™s not an easy decision.” If after all this brouhaha and whining, they go back to Papelbon, that’s bogus. Not that I will mind having back as closer–but why all the drama? Grow a spine and make a decision so people can talk about something else–and whine and obsess about how the Sox don’t have a closer…
Today: Same time as always (1:05) pm–but no bullpen. Unless something goes horribly wrong, Tim Wakefield will take the 1st 5 innings, and Jonathan Papelbon will close–for the rest of the game…
ELEVEN more days…Will it EVER get here???