Back to the Future


Daisuke Matsuzaka threw live batting practice today, and by all accounts looked good.

None other than Jacoby Ellsbury — who is being described as three parts Mantle, two parts DiMaggio (both brothers) and one part Lynn — called Matsuzaka’s performance "impressive." Impressive.

Matsuzaka got seven swings and misses, most coming on his fastball (the hitters are traditionally behind in these first rounds). Twenty-two of his pitches were fastballs, 20 breaking balls, and two pitch-outs. Jason Varitek was the catcher.

Seven swings and misses. Not only that, but Schilling and Beckett also threw BP today, and "few balls were hit hard off either." I’ve heard that Matsuzaka also remembers the names of each hitter he faced today. Amazing!

Imagine. Three future Hall of Famers in the same rotation. It’s almost too much to handle.

20 comments… add one
  • But does Ellsbury remember who made the last out of the No-No he attended in 91? LOL.
    I have never personally seen Ellsbury but from everything I read he is pretty darn good. Baseball HQ doesn’t give out 9C’s to many players, but that’s what they have him as (9=Elite Player/C=50% probability of reaching potential) Other 9’s Alex Gordon, Billy Butler, Hughes, Tabata, Bailey.
    I am sure Whatever will get on my case for saying nice things about a future Sox star, LOL. (JK WE)

    Triskaidekaphobia February 24, 2007, 1:20 pm
  • ha.

    Brad February 24, 2007, 1:21 pm
  • What–no gyroballs? Wuss.
    Ellsbury may be 3 parts MM and two parts JD, but he hits like Coco Crisp.

    YF February 24, 2007, 1:32 pm
  • Three future Hall of Famers? I’d say it’s five. Don’t discount the talents of Wakefield and Papelbon just to talk up the other three guys! :)

    mouse - SF February 24, 2007, 2:43 pm
  • They should really just get the formalities out of the way and induct every single member of the 2007 Red Sox into the Hall now. If entrance into the Hall can’t be gauged off random spring training quotes, then what kind of system do we have, people?

    Devine February 24, 2007, 2:54 pm
  • Guess which oft-injured Yankee starter got hit in the foot by a comebacker today!
    And Humberto Sanchez couldn’t throw today because of tightness in his forearm. Probably nothing.

    desturbd1 February 24, 2007, 4:55 pm
  • “Whatever will get on my case for saying nice things about a future Sox star”
    No Trisk, I know your kidding, but anyway, I have a much better feel for where your coming from now. I judged you before on too small a sample size. My fault.
    Btw, I myself have said complimentary things about the Sox before. Nothing wrong with that.

    Whatever February 24, 2007, 5:12 pm
  • desturbd1,
    We Yankee fans are very aware of Pavano’s brittle body and his string of strange injuries, but anyone can be hit on the foot by a comebacker, and he’s not supposed to miss any throwing time because of this, so let’s not overreact.
    However, if he was out there hobbling around on the mound after this happened, I could see a few people watching this roll their eyes.
    As for Sanchez, it’s a mild strain, day to day. He’s had some injury history in his past, which has resulted in speculation that he might be moved to the bullpen. Which raises a question. There’s talk of Sanchez being moved to the pen because of injury concerns, but the Sox are moving Paps out of the pen because of injury concerns. Anyone care to explain this?

    Whatever February 24, 2007, 5:32 pm
  • OK, I’m not overreacting…was a bit of a joke…I left that info out on purpose. Pavano’s getting hit was ironic, all things considered. That’s all. Also, I said Sanchez’s thing was probably nothing. But that doesn’t make it unworthy of attention…if Hansen or Cox went down for a day or two with a minor muscle issue, I’d want to know about it.
    “There’s talk of Sanchez being moved to the pen because of injury concerns, but the Sox are moving Paps out of the pen because of injury concerns. Anyone care to explain this?”
    There’s a nice Jayson Stark article here, but it might be Insider only.
    Papelbon describes himself as a “loose jointed, lean-muscle” guy, which he says makes him a better pitcher but more likely to sustain the kind of injury he had. (Basically a dislocated shoulder that popped back in right after it happened) Stark explains that his build gives him more flexibility than the average pitcher, but a higher chance for suffering that sort of issue.
    The medical staff feels the injury is more likely to recur if he’s on a closer’s schedule. They feel the time between starts, along with the shoulder strengthening program he’s been on since he shut it down last year, would be better for dealing with this particularly injury.
    I don’t know anything about Sanchez’s injury issues, but Papelbon’s problem seems to be unique. For someone with an unorthodox or short-armed delivery–see Craig Hansen, who’s excrutiating to watch–the bullpen makes more sense. Same with someone who isn’t very big, or someone who, like Sanchez, has a history of elbow problems.

    desturbd1 February 24, 2007, 5:56 pm
  • Actually it seems I did know something about Sanchez’s injury issues…what I meant was I’m not sure of the cause. I think it’s likely that, given that he’s been a starter this whole time as arm issues keep popping up, the move to the bullpen is sort of a, “Well, he keeps hurting himself starting. Let’s try relieving,” type of thing.

    desturbd1 February 24, 2007, 5:59 pm
  • desturbd1,
    Your thoughts on Paps/Sanchez make sense. Thanks for taking the time.

    Whatever February 24, 2007, 6:26 pm
  • Whatever, I am just busting chops.
    Sanchez definitely doesn’t have to worry about the lean muscle issue Paps has!
    I said this yesterday also, LT he is in the pen.

    Triskaidekaphobia February 24, 2007, 7:12 pm
  • “Pavano is one of several Yankees pitchers who opt to throw BP without a protective screen.”
    I am extremely supportive of Pavano, as I have stated in the past. But that statement sounds weird even to me! I know that the screen is restrictive, but for pete’s sake this guy is a walking accident shouldn’t someone step in?
    On another note, I was listening to WFAN this morning and Jim Hendry was on. He was talking about Kerry Wood and said that for this season he would be in the pen. He said it would be better for his longterm longevity. I only bring this up because this is similar to the Sanchez issue. I coach HS baseball, I played baseball all my life and I simply do not understand that rationale. Throwing everyday, even if it’s only to warm up is taxing on the arm. Now you can say maybe he’ll only throw 20 pitches, but he’ll throw 30 or so in the pen. I really wish they asked that this morning.
    Lastly, the CF phenom from the Cubs, Felix Pie….just found out you pronounce his name PEE-YAY. Just thought that was interesting.

    Triskaidekaphobia February 24, 2007, 8:39 pm
  • mmmmmm. Pee-yay.

    SF February 24, 2007, 8:45 pm
  • Trisk, did you play ball at QU? I only ask because I played at UCONN, so we probably have good stories to share. Maybe not though, didn’t QU just recently go D1? I can remember seeing QU in both the Miami and Texas tournaments – were you there?

    Brad February 24, 2007, 10:46 pm
  • “…None other than Jacoby Ellsbury — who is being described as three parts Mantle, two parts DiMaggio (both brothers) and one part Lynn…”
    just wondering why my fellow yf’s gave paul such a generous pass on such blatant hype after getting bashed by sf’s for similar hughes hype…is there a truce on?

    dc February 25, 2007, 10:15 am
  • dc, I believe Paul was being somewhat facetious in this thread.

    Whatever February 25, 2007, 10:38 am
  • see the “humor” tag, dc.

    SF February 25, 2007, 11:00 am
  • Brad,
    Unfortunately I didn’t play at QU. My baseball career ended in HS. But I did room with many of the players, when I was there before it was D1, the baseball team was the team to be on. After all Turk Wendell was only a few years removed from the team.

    Triskaidekaphobia February 25, 2007, 11:19 am
  • looks like i need to start paying closer attention to the “tags”…

    dc February 26, 2007, 7:40 am

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