LADY AT THE BAT: Oh Me of Little Faith

Monday, April 23, 2007

Oh Me of Little Faith


The four consecutive home runs hit by the Red Sox last night in their 7-6 win over the Yankees were huge, but it isn't the story of the game, as far as I'm concerned. After all, they were hit off Chase Wright, a double-A pitcher. The win completed a three-game sweep at Fenway, the first in over 15 years, but that isn't the story either, due to the Yankees injury-plagued pitching staff. The story of the game is that Daisuke Matsuzaka proved to be human.

Everyone knows that ever since he signed with Boston this past Winter, the talk about what he brings to the game has been endless. After all that I heard, I was convinced he was the second coming of Cy Young, or Pedro Martinez at least. Last night I was expecting to see a lop-sided Red Sox win (Sorry, Chase), with the Yankees only scratching out 1 or 2 hits off Dice-K. Instead, Matsuzaka was trailing at several points in the game and ended up giving up all 6 Yankee runs.

I should have known something was wrong with my thinking when Yankee Hater Joe Morgan had nothing but good things to say about the Yankee line-up, even before the game, during his report from Fenway for Baseball Tonight. He didn't sound convinced that Matsuzaka would have success against the Bronx Bombers. Once the game got underway, it was obvious that Matsuzaka was having problems pitching out of the stretch; his location was off. Also, he'd been told (by Julian Tavarez, of all people) to pitch A-Rod inside. But his first pitch landed on A-Rod's shoulder. Dice-K also hit Jeter, who took him deep later in the game.

Now, I'm not concluding that Daisuke Matsuzaka is a pedestrian pitcher. He's far from that. I was blown away (and still am) at the number of pitches in his arsenal. He was still striking hitters out late in the game with pitches they'd never seen. Believe me, the guy is definitely one of the premier pitchers in MLB. I have a feeling we'll see more of that premier pitcher next weekend in the Bronx. When that happens, we Yankee fans will at least be able to say, "We'll always have those 6 runs."

The Lady

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