Thursday, June 03, 2010
WOULD THE REAL DAISUKE PLEASE STAND UP?
Who is Daisuke Matsuzaka? Is he an Ace, or a joker? In a sequence of three starts, we've seen Pedro-esque near no-hitter. Then a walkfest. Then a solid 6.2 inning, 3 run performance. He allowed 3 hits total in two of those three starts. He allowed 10 last night. He walked 12 men in two of those three starts. He walked 0 last night. Who is this guy?
Some of the credit for Daisuke's Quality Start should go to the A's, who are 25th in runs scored, and 24th in walks. Then again, the Rays have a solid offense, and he nearly no-hit them. The Royals are 28th in walks, yet Daisuke issued 8 free passes to them (which is 5.3% of their season total of 150).
Maybe he's just pitching's version of the Bermuda Triangle. Maybe it's like L0ST and there just is no explanation. Whatever. The Sox are beating up on a bad team, and that's good news.
David Ortiz's box score line looks like a slot machine. He was 2 for 2 with 2 runs, 2 RBI and he walked 2 times. He hit his 10th double and 12th homerun of the season. Youkilis also knocked in a pair, and Pedroia had his first RBI since May 14th.
The Sox go for the sweep this afternoon at 1:35. But it might prove difficult as Tim Wakefield faces the 2-1 record and 1.88 ERA of Brett Anderson.