Dethroned: Sox-M’s Gamer

The last time Daisuke Matsuzaka faced the Seattle Mariners, he essentially shut them down, holding them to three runs in seven innings — only to lose 3-0, thanks to King Felix Hernandez’s one-hit gem.

Hernandez is on the DL, the Mariners were rained out of their final game of that series, and they return to face Matsuzaka again. This time, Horatio Ramirez will face the Sox’ bats, many of which appear to be awakening from their first-month slumber.

Thus far, the numbers (3-2, 4.36 ERA) belie how well Matsuzaka has pitched this season. Countrymate and teammate Hideki Okajima was the AL’s Rookie of the Month for April, an award I and most others already had reserved for Daisuke. The big question will be: Can Matsuzaka avoid the troublesome fourth inning — presumably one in which the heart of the opponent’s order sees him for the second time, adjusts and begins forcing him to throw strikes he was not expecting to have to throw? Let’s hope so.

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264 comments… add one
  • Yanks won the first of their doubleheader- I was kind of hoping for a couple of nice 12-inning games out there, so they can keep that bullpen hyperactive.

    Ayuh - SF May 3, 2007, 7:09 pm
  • Daisuke off to a miserable start; 7 balls, 2 strikes. That was a f*cking strike on the 2-0 there, though.

    desturbd1 May 3, 2007, 7:12 pm
  • Great. The yips again. I’m gonna shut up for a while.

    desturbd1 May 3, 2007, 7:13 pm
  • Wow. So basically.. Daisuke sucks. I’ve never seen such atrocity.

    Dionysus May 3, 2007, 7:14 pm
  • This is unbelievable. Nothing is ANYWHERE NEAR the strike zone.

    desturbd1 May 3, 2007, 7:15 pm
  • Dethroned? Interesting title; I understand the original context but it holds promise. Perhaps a long promise, yes; the Sox are still 4+half up. But then again, I’m all for wishful thinking. Glass half full, always look on the sunny side, tomorrow’s another day, early bird, when life gives you lemons, it’s not over until it’s something else, do unto others as you would do unto the other Pavano and what have you.

    attackgerbil May 3, 2007, 7:15 pm
  • I’ve been a little disappointed with Dice-K too. Man, I turn on the computer and I see the bases loaded?
    Not a good start to the morning.

    Rain May 3, 2007, 7:16 pm
  • Wow, walks the bases loaded and throws just five strikes while doing it. Not good at ALL.

    Paul SF May 3, 2007, 7:17 pm
  • Does this mean we’ll get the crapola inning out of the way early?

    I'm Bill McNeal May 3, 2007, 7:17 pm
  • OK this umpire isn’t helping things any. NOTHING wrong with ball four. But when you’re that wild, you don’t get the corners.
    This is f*cking absurd. Great way to take the home crowd out of it. Almost time to turn the game off…

    desturbd1 May 3, 2007, 7:18 pm
  • Why was Ibanez swinging at the first pitch? I’m glad he did — grounds into the force at third, but my goodness. If the guy has just walked the first three batters of the game, lay off a few.

    Paul SF May 3, 2007, 7:19 pm
  • Sexson has a hole in his swing that’s as big as a tire.
    Could REALLY use a dp here…looks like he might have the fastball command back again.

    desturbd1 May 3, 2007, 7:19 pm
  • He’s throwing strikes to Sexson now. be careful, Dice.

    Rain May 3, 2007, 7:20 pm
  • But then he hits the worst hitter in the Seattle lineup with a changeup that gets away, and oh look! It’s Jose Guillen, who hit him well last time.

    desturbd1 May 3, 2007, 7:21 pm
  • And now he hits Sexson. Wow.

    Anonymous May 3, 2007, 7:21 pm
  • How do you say “suck-diddly-uck” in Japanese?

    I'm Bill McNeal May 3, 2007, 7:22 pm
  • I’m done. Time to grab dinner; thankfully, Horacio Ramirez is on the mound. This is f*cking pathetic…

    desturbd1 May 3, 2007, 7:22 pm
  • Ugh, This is not good… Not good…

    Paul SF May 3, 2007, 7:22 pm
  • Matsuzaka looks terrible. Other than getting ahead of Sexson, he hasn’t looked like he has a damn idea of where the ball is going. He actually threw a curveball that would have hit a right handed hitter in the head. Fortunately the hitter was a lefty.

    mattymatty May 3, 2007, 7:23 pm
  • Come on, Dice!!!

    Rain May 3, 2007, 7:24 pm
  • When it rains it pours. Unbelievable. Now our defense is sh*tting the bed.
    The M’s have hit one ball well all inning. And its not like they’ve been particularly patient at the plate either. Diasuke hasn’t been close.
    And another error by Lugo while I’m writing… What hideous inning.

    mattymatty May 3, 2007, 7:25 pm
  • Considering that Dice had a steep signing price, I think every error he makes is magnified a hundred times.
    His April was so-so, his only “superb” performance so far was against KC, then he ran into some bad luck against Hernandez and Chacin.
    I’m with you, desturbd1. I hope the Sox pound Horacio.
    Perhaps another back-to-back-to-back-to-back? Hey, Big Papi wasn’t in that last one. Maybe we can make it five in a row this time.

    Rain May 3, 2007, 7:27 pm
  • I didn’t think the second one was an error. Over-the-shoulder running catch? That’s crap.

    desturbd1 May 3, 2007, 7:28 pm
  • At what point do we admit that he’s just not that good?

    JoshA May 3, 2007, 7:28 pm
  • Such negativism, Rain. What did you expect? 35-0, 0.50 ERA? Even Pedro laid eggs, even in his historic 1999 and 2000 campaigns. It seems a bit much to say that because Matsuzaka cost X amount of money, his mistakes somehow are magnified that same number of times.
    This is cause for concern, however. He’s doing far worse today, against a weak lineup, than he did in any of his previous five starts…

    Paul SF May 3, 2007, 7:30 pm
  • All right, I’m gonna be seriously pissed off if we have any more of this bridge-jumping negativism sh*t over a bad start. There’s a Yankee thread for you, Josh. Use it.

    Paul SF May 3, 2007, 7:31 pm
  • Josh, get real. See Paul’s recent post.

    I'm Bill McNeal May 3, 2007, 7:32 pm
  • And the inning finally ends. Whew.
    I still believe in Dice-K. Considering the adjustments he had to make, it will take a bit of time. And even aces get rough outings once in a while.
    (Of course I’m thinking positively here. Lalalalala….)

    Rain May 3, 2007, 7:32 pm
  • I was kind of hoping our Little League rules would apply and the inning would end when they batter through the order once

    rootbeerfloat May 3, 2007, 7:33 pm
  • Sox just put Timlin on the DL. I’m not sure why. They called up Hansack.

    mattymatty May 3, 2007, 7:33 pm
  • “At what point do we admit that he’s just not that good?”
    Yeah- because he’s been f*#!ing horrible in his past five starts, right? At least give the guy a chance to bounce back in the second inning…

    Nate=Soxfan May 3, 2007, 7:34 pm
  • TGFP!
    Thank god for Papi. After the first two guys get out on a combined four pitches, Papi works the count full and hits a double. Very nice.

    mattymatty May 3, 2007, 7:35 pm
  • Look, people, he had three superb/fantastic starts in a row, against KC, Seattle and Toronto. He had two other starts where he struggled a bit against the best lineup in baseball (at the time, hehe) yet still gutted out the win, and that second start was pretty damn good except for one inning.
    I’m surprised the egg wasn’t laid before now, frankly. And I think we were spoiled into thiking this actually WOULD be that easy by his tremendous first three starts. So now he struggles. He must adjust. I’d rather it happen now than in August.

    Paul SF May 3, 2007, 7:36 pm
  • My sentiments exactly, paul.

    Nate=Soxfan May 3, 2007, 7:37 pm
  • Dice’s two starts against Toronto and Seattle wasn’t terrible – its kinda like when we send Wake to the mound. No run support.
    I hope he gets some today. Bounce back, Dice!

    Rain May 3, 2007, 7:38 pm
  • At least they made the pitcher work a bit. It would have been terrible for the Sox to have that inning and then get retired 1-2-3 on like 8 pitches or something.

    mattymatty May 3, 2007, 7:38 pm
  • Hah! Take that, Beltre! Quick one pitch out.
    Come on, Dice.

    Rain May 3, 2007, 7:41 pm
  • Wow. Five runs on one hit. That’s Matt Young territory, right there. :-P

    Paul SF May 3, 2007, 7:41 pm
  • Paul – I agree with everything you said except the adjust part. This start hasn’t been bad because Matsuzaka hasn’t adjusted. Its been bad because he hasn’t thrown strikes. The Mariners have five runs on one hit. Lugo did his part with two consecutive errors, and the home plate ump missed a strike call on the 3-2 pitch to Vidro, but this one is entirely on Matsuzaka and I think failure to adjust has very little to do with it.

    mattymatty May 3, 2007, 7:41 pm
  • Of course, Manny follows up by looking stupid swinging at two pitches in the dirt. Great f*cking inning all around.
    FWIW, this ump’s a piece of sh*t. Though it’s hard to blame him for not giving the corners when Matsuzaka’s been nowhere near the plate.

    desturbd1 May 3, 2007, 7:43 pm
  • At least Dice looks like he’s settling in a little bit now. He gets both Beltre and Vidro on fly-outs.

    Rain May 3, 2007, 7:43 pm
  • All three outs on fly balls to Coco. There’s the adjustment. He’s throwing some strikes now. Thrifty second inning to compensate for the first.

    Rain May 3, 2007, 7:45 pm
  • Would absolutely love to know how this happens. I can’t imagine that it’s nobody’s fault; how do you just lose the strike zone for an inning like this and then rediscover it and go on like nothing happened? I can’t think of another pitcher who I’ve ever seen play like this.
    Also…that last out was loud. The one before it, Vidro popped up a fat, mis-located fastball. He’s still not particularly sharp, just not…you know…Danny Cabrera.

    desturbd1 May 3, 2007, 7:45 pm
  • I can see why people a complaining about Dice-K. He’s not scoring any runs for the Red Sox.
    I don’t know why Theo got him.

    I'm Bill McNeal May 3, 2007, 7:46 pm
  • Good AB by Yooks.

    I'm Bill McNeal May 3, 2007, 7:47 pm
  • Wow what a time to walk into this game

    Rob May 3, 2007, 7:48 pm
  • Man, I love Youk. He’s just great. The guy has a .411 on-base percentage. and it just went up because he just walked.

    mattymatty May 3, 2007, 7:48 pm
  • Such hostility. And the idea that it is somehow comparable to Pedro’s mistakes in 1999-2000 is ridiculous.
    He has a 5.14 ERA. Now, his underlying numbers are better than that (31 hits in 35 innings, with 13 walks). So hopefully his high ERA is just a function of the fact that he falls behind the hitters, which can be fixed.
    And he may not need to be that great. Our offense and our bullpen are excellent. So if he can go 6-7 innings and give up 3-4 runs, that’s good enough.
    But I’m not going to pretend that expectations that he perform better than this are unreasonable, or that its just that his errors are being magnified. Right now, he has the 3rd highest ERA on the Sox. That’s not why we got him.

    JoshA May 3, 2007, 7:48 pm
  • Stuck in another bleeping conf. call and my gameday is stuck. What did Lowell do?

    rootbeerfloat May 3, 2007, 7:49 pm
  • The Red Sox are now out hitting the Mariners… and losing 5-0. You don’t hear that too often.

    mattymatty May 3, 2007, 7:49 pm
  • Single for Lowell, Youk to third.

    mattymatty May 3, 2007, 7:50 pm
  • Drew still sick?

    Rob May 3, 2007, 7:50 pm
  • Do my eyes deceive me are are the Red Sox actually teeing off against a crappy left-hander?

    I'm Bill McNeal May 3, 2007, 7:51 pm
  • Single for Tek. Youk scores. 5-1, Mariners. Runners at 1st and 2nd.

    mattymatty May 3, 2007, 7:51 pm
  • Drew is out sick. Pena is in for him, and he just singled. Bases loaded no outs for the Sox.

    mattymatty May 3, 2007, 7:52 pm
  • Nice piece of hitting by WMP.

    JoshA May 3, 2007, 7:53 pm
  • Oh I miss all the good stuff!! My gameday still shows Ibanez up! And the people on this call show no sign of getting off the phone. grumble grumble

    rootbeerfloat May 3, 2007, 7:53 pm
  • Pedroia walks with the bases loaded. 5-2, Mariners. Here comes Two-Error Lugo.

    mattymatty May 3, 2007, 7:54 pm
  • Dustin Pedroia walks. A run is in.
    I love this kid Pedroia. Kinda reminds me of David Eckstein and Freddy Sanchez, both Sox farmhands.
    Hey, maybe the Sox will pound Ramirez. Come on, Sox!

    Rain May 3, 2007, 7:54 pm
  • Lugo doubles!!!
    And just like, that, its 5-4.

    Rain May 3, 2007, 7:56 pm
  • The boys are hitting like thier pissed

    Rob May 3, 2007, 7:56 pm
  • Yeah! Lugo crushes one to deep center. Its a double, and two runs score. 2nd and 3rd, no out , and here comes the heart of the order. Lets go SOX!

    mattymatty May 3, 2007, 7:56 pm
  • Crisp just missed that one. But here comes Big Papi…

    mattymatty May 3, 2007, 7:58 pm
  • To a certain extent, I almost agree with Josh. Great overall stats, and I still think he can be a top-tier pitcher. I do. But these yippy, insane f*cking innings have occurred in 3 of his first six games, and that has me very worried. Sure, he tends to settle down, eat innings, and often ends up pitching well enough to win…but that’s not always going to happen.
    Oddly enough, Boston’s started teeing off a sh*t lefty.

    desturbd1 May 3, 2007, 7:58 pm
  • Yeah, Papi!

    JoshA May 3, 2007, 7:59 pm
  • Papi gets one. Tied game.

    Rain May 3, 2007, 7:59 pm
  • Big Papi comes through! 5-5! Two hits for Papi!

    mattymatty May 3, 2007, 7:59 pm
  • Ok, it’s a do-over for Dice-K. If he’s past his yips, we’re in good shape.

    rootbeerfloat May 3, 2007, 7:59 pm
  • And Manny grounds into a DP.
    Good inning for the Sox.
    Now all eyes are on Dice.

    Rain May 3, 2007, 8:00 pm
  • Dammit! Manny grounds into a double play… but we get 5 on them, so thats something. Great inning by the Sox.
    Hopefully Matsuzaka can keep it together. If theres an easier lineup in the AL to do that with, I can’t come up with it.

    mattymatty May 3, 2007, 8:01 pm
  • Of course, Manny hits into a nicely turned DP. Ramirez has his number, apparently.

    desturbd1 May 3, 2007, 8:01 pm
  • Despite the fact that I’m probably seen as the irrational Dice-K hater, he has tended to confine his big problems to a single inning. Hopefully the first inning was that inning today.
    Also, if he does settle down and the Sox keep scoring, he could leave with the win. At which point, I predict that Wakefield will put on a disguise for his next start, since everyone else gets run support.

    JoshA May 3, 2007, 8:03 pm
  • I am very excite, high five! Wow 44 pitches, losing 5-2 Top 3. Eeeek, could be a long night for RSN. Just “Needling” no worries fellas. Go get ’em, that’s why they play 9.

    Triskaidekaphobia May 3, 2007, 8:03 pm
  • 2 outs on 3 pitches from a guy who threw over 30 in the first inning. I’m so glad I don’t root for the Mariners; I would f*cking DESPISE this team.

    desturbd1 May 3, 2007, 8:04 pm
  • LOL @ Josh.
    Dice gets Guillen on one pitch, but here comes Johjima, who hits well against Dice, apparently.

    Rain May 3, 2007, 8:05 pm
  • Trisk, probably should have looked at the box score before you started gloating. It’s a tie ballgame.

    desturbd1 May 3, 2007, 8:05 pm
  • Wow… Dice-sucK (he must now EARN my love again… he has lost it all) walks the first two.
    I come back to see he gave up 5 runs in that HORRIBLE bush-league inning, but hte Sox rallied wiht the force of gods to tie it. Insane. Unbeleivable.
    I think I’ll go back to watching CSi.. somethign tells me this ballgame shall be bad on my heart.

    Dionysus May 3, 2007, 8:05 pm
  • Now Dice looks sharp. He strikes out Johjima.
    Remember what Johjima said when he asked what he’ll tell his teammates when facing Dice?
    “I would tell them first to pray.”

    Rain May 3, 2007, 8:08 pm
  • I’m off to a show. Go Sox!

    mattymatty May 3, 2007, 8:10 pm
  • Guillen’s afraid of the Fenway RF.
    That went as a 2B? Guillen had it in his glove and it popped out and into the stands! Ook then…

    desturbd1 May 3, 2007, 8:14 pm
  • desturbd1, there’s advantages to playing at home.

    JoshA May 3, 2007, 8:16 pm
  • I come back and see Dice is throwing a 2-hitter!

    SF May 3, 2007, 8:19 pm
  • The Fenway right field is very tricky to play.
    That’s why the Sox have center fielders (Drew and Peña) play right.
    I wonder what will happen when Trot comes back to play right for the Indians in Fenway…

    Rain May 3, 2007, 8:21 pm
  • Good at-bat from Lopez ends in a lineout to Coco. Apparently that’s 10 in a row for Matsuzaka. Pitch count now at 63, if he can stay sharp he could still go 6 or 7.

    SF May 3, 2007, 8:23 pm
  • Maybe it is true. Maybe Dice has one bad inning in him. LOL.
    Anyway, he’s settled down nicely now. Whew. What a seesaw game.

    Rain May 3, 2007, 8:23 pm
  • …as he falls behind Ichiro, 3-0. Jinxer.

    desturbd1 May 3, 2007, 8:24 pm
  • Foul pop hits off of Youk’s glove as he reaches over the dugout fence. Probably should have made the play, though it was certainly above average difficulty. Ichiro walks on the next pitch. Youk costs Matsuzaka there, for sure.

    SF May 3, 2007, 8:24 pm
  • Farrell said earlier that when Matsuzaka gets the yips in an inning like that, it’s not because of a temporary loss of his release point. My question: How the f*ck does that keep happening? Is this something he ever went through in Japan or what?

    desturbd1 May 3, 2007, 8:27 pm
  • Beltre grounds into the FC, Pedroia to Lugo. Just the blip to Ichiro, but to me Daisuke looked reasonably good. Maybe one pitch to Beltre hung up (he got a high strike call), but other than that, he looked good. What the f*ck happened in the first inning?!?!

    SF May 3, 2007, 8:28 pm
  • I know I get on YF (and other YFs) for the whole “silver lining” complex, but this strikes me as a damn good recovery, if not a good start, from Matsuzaka. Two more scoreless innings and it might even qualify as a minor miracle, based on how the game started. It would be nice if the Sox could jump ahead, demoralize the Mariners even further.

    SF May 3, 2007, 8:30 pm
  • Oh…and FWIW, he still doesn’t have command of any of his offspeed stuff. I’m not sure he’s thrown a single curve, change, or slider for a strike. Pretty sure he’s getting by right now almost entirely on his fastball, along with maybe a 2-seamer or cutter.
    SF, it was like nothing I’ve ever seen…at least, not from a guy who comes back and sets down 10 of the next 11 or whatever. NOTHING was near the plate; fastball, breaking stuff, etc. He wasn’t missing by inches, I’m talking feet, consistantly. Worst yippy inning of all his yippy innings, though at least he didn’t walk in a run. Even the last out of that inning was misplaced; Ichiro smoked a fastball to dead center, where Crisp caught it on the track.

    desturbd1 May 3, 2007, 8:31 pm
  • I’m not a pitching coach, but maybe its because he’s trying to be too perfect? I tried throwing some “pitches” in a facility once, and when you try to overthrow and overthink, you miss the strike zone a lot.
    Then again, I’m not a pitcher. So yeah. Its all theory. :P

    Rain May 3, 2007, 8:31 pm
  • Coco reaches on a walk. Smallball, baby! Let’s go Coco!

    SF May 3, 2007, 8:31 pm
  • Or, no smallball. Don’t want that bat taken out of Papi’s hands, necessarily.

    SF May 3, 2007, 8:32 pm
  • Yeah, Rain, Farrell said something similar about aiming too much. But it’s not like he’s been getting slapped around; he’s generally been dominant, and most of the trouble he’s been in has been of his own creation. If it’s a mental thing…I’m confused, because he’s supposed to be Mr. Unshakable.
    Crisp steals, as Ortiz waves at a pitch way outside for some reason for strike 2.

    desturbd1 May 3, 2007, 8:33 pm
  • Coco, smallball! 2-2 on Ortiz, so I doubt they pass him now. Good work by Crisp. Let’s cash this in.
    Ortiz grounds out weakly, Crisp to third. I imagine they walk Manny, right?

    SF May 3, 2007, 8:34 pm
  • Did they just try a hit and run there? Papi swings through a low one and Coco steals second.

    Rain May 3, 2007, 8:34 pm
  • Personally, I’m getting ready to label Dice-sucK one of our worst signings ever. He better start putting up 1-run or 2-run games with regularity if he’s gonn amake up for these messes.

    Dionysus May 3, 2007, 8:34 pm
  • Oh good, Manny’s up. 0/2 with an ugly K and an uglier GIDP. I’m not confident; this seems like one of those random lefties he inexplicably cannot handle.

    desturbd1 May 3, 2007, 8:34 pm
  • he’s supposed to be Mr. Unshakable.
    Was it nerves? I can’t imagine it was anything but an utter lack of rhythm.
    MANNY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    SF May 3, 2007, 8:35 pm
  • YESS!

    JoshA May 3, 2007, 8:35 pm
  • MANNY!!

    Dionysus May 3, 2007, 8:35 pm
  • manny :)

    minomni SF May 3, 2007, 8:35 pm
  • OK well nevermind then. If you’re going to leave a cutter at the belt…that’ll happen. 7-5.

    desturbd1 May 3, 2007, 8:36 pm
  • Personally, I’m getting ready to label Dice-sucK one of our worst signings ever. He better start putting up 1-run or 2-run games with regularity if he’s gonn amake up for these messes
    Is this a joke?

    SF May 3, 2007, 8:36 pm
  • Ok.. granted I havent been at my computer for, like, any of this game.. but am I high or is Wily Mo 2 for 2?

    Dionysus May 3, 2007, 8:37 pm
  • Meanwhile, Hargrove leaving Ramirez to get beaten on, Youkilis with a stinger single. Nobody even warming.
    He’s the anti-Torre.

    SF May 3, 2007, 8:38 pm
  • Manny homers to give the RS the lead just in time for me to go watch The Office.

    I'm Bill McNeal May 3, 2007, 8:38 pm
  • Sorry SF.. I’m getting overly worked up, I know. I just panic REAL easily. And being sick doesnt help with the grumpiness

    Dionysus May 3, 2007, 8:38 pm
  • Manny homers!
    Apparently, Horacio doesn’t own Manny. :P
    Go Sox!

    Rain May 3, 2007, 8:39 pm
  • MY thing is.. considering the money spent on him… a 5.11 ERA just isn’t cutting it. I suppose I should look long term and see how he adjusts goign into future years.. maybe he’s like Beckett, I dunno.
    Why is JD Drew out? Doesnt sya anythign on redsox.com

    Dionysus May 3, 2007, 8:40 pm
  • “Ok.. granted I havent been at my computer for, like, any of this game.. but am I high or is Wily Mo 2 for 2?”
    Yeah, but one of them was a “double” that Guillen should have caught. It was a flyball to shallow right near the stands, Guillen had it more or less in his glove, but it popped out and into the crowd. Somehow the scorer decided it was a ground-rule.

    desturbd1 May 3, 2007, 8:41 pm
  • Mikey Lowell! 3 for 3!

    Dionysus May 3, 2007, 8:41 pm
  • Drew is sitting to avoid the lefty-lefty matchup.

    I'm Bill McNeal May 3, 2007, 8:42 pm
  • “Why is JD Drew out? Doesnt sya anythign on redsox.com”
    Flu again, and a lefty on the mound. He was sick yesterday still, too.

    desturbd1 May 3, 2007, 8:42 pm
  • Shot on NESN of Lugo, Tavarez, and Ramirez totally yucking it. These guys are loose. We crazy, apocalyptic fans should take our cue from them.
    Toast whiffs to end the inning.

    SF May 3, 2007, 8:43 pm
  • “Ok.. granted I havent been at my computer for, like, any of this game.. but am I high or is Wily Mo 2 for 2?”
    Both, I hope.

    I'm Bill McNeal May 3, 2007, 8:44 pm
  • Know what sucks about this game, besides Matsuzaka’s first inning? We’re softening up the pen for New York’s series against Seattle. As if they needed help with that. Heh…

    desturbd1 May 3, 2007, 8:44 pm
  • Give him time, Dion. He’s still learning the hitters. And he’s pitching in the AL East. Go figure.
    I have faith in Dice. He will come through.

    Rain May 3, 2007, 8:44 pm
  • Meanwhile, Cleveland takes the lead over Toronto 5-4.
    I know I was overstating it earlier.. but isn’t anyone else becoming seriously concerned about Matsuzaka?

    Dionysus May 3, 2007, 8:45 pm
  • Apparently Josh isn’t the irrational Dice-K hater… It’s Dion. Settle down, everyone. Geez. He’s still a rookie in a new league. Again, did we all expect him to go 35-0? Not to discount the troublesome nature of his yippy innings (to use the phrase of the night), but is not the fact that he seems to be dominant both before and after these innings not a good sign?
    At any rate, judging him as a good or bad sign — or “not very good,” period, as Josh said — after five starts and one inning is absolutely untenable, even in the passion of a game.
    Glad to see the Sox got the lead back while I was away!

    Paul SF May 3, 2007, 8:47 pm
  • Wily Mo’s “double” reminds me of Alex Cora’s strange home run off Alex Rios’s glove last year. :P

    Rain May 3, 2007, 8:47 pm
  • farrell says dicek’s single inning woes are based on arm slot repetition. which may be systemic with rhythm. it’s clear base runners get to him. it’s gotta be just a matter of getting comfortable. i’m not worried about him in the least….as he bounces a ball at about 53 feet to ibanez.

    sf rod May 3, 2007, 8:47 pm
  • You know what? Another inning or two and Daisuke gets a pretty high grade for his start tonight, at least relative to the game’s curve. It’s certainly no spectacular effort, but he stopped the bleeding, has retired something like 12 of 13, and gave the Sox a full chance to dig him out of the hole he created. I imagine his teammates look at this last few innings of effort from Daisuke as good, gutty, and a huge boost.

    SF May 3, 2007, 8:49 pm
  • A bit, yeah. I’d just like to hear something of an explanation as to how somebody, anybody, can lose command so completely for one inning…then just kinda get it back again. I can’t think of anything like this happening with this kind of consistancy; I wonder if maybe Boston should let him throw a bit more between starts as he was accustomed to in Japan? I know they’ve been compromising w/r to his regimen…maybe they should be a little looser, if this keeps up.
    Another walk. Ughhhh…

    desturbd1 May 3, 2007, 8:49 pm
  • Daisuke losing location this inning again. He just left an 0-2 fastball way too up in the zone, and Sexson singles off the wall. 1/3, 1 down.

    SF May 3, 2007, 8:50 pm
  • Here we go again…
    Maybe Matsuzaka should pitch out of the windup regardless of the situation…

    Paul SF May 3, 2007, 8:51 pm
  • “I imagine his teammates look at this last few innings of effort from Daisuke as good, gutty, and a huge boost.”
    First off…stop being positive, SF, you’re jinxing. Heh. Second…you can say almost the same thing about both NY starts, right? I’m kind of tired of ‘gritty;’ consistant might be nice.

    desturbd1 May 3, 2007, 8:51 pm
  • No, Dion, I am not concerned about Dice-K. Give him a chance. He’ll be fine. If he wins 15 and has an ERA around 4, I’ll be happy.

    I'm Bill McNeal May 3, 2007, 8:51 pm
  • One thing I’ve noticed.. even in his good innings he doesn’t seem to throw a lot of first pitch strikes. Maybe its my imagination, but it seems that way.
    Runners at the corners, one out. These walks are KILLING him. Gotta pray for the DP here.

    Dionysus May 3, 2007, 8:51 pm
  • coco’s rubbing his left shoulder. looks like he jammed it.

    sf rod May 3, 2007, 8:52 pm
  • Wow, what a fricking CHEAPASS hit. Matsuzaka gets a popup and Crisp and Lugo can’t get to it. Why was Crisp parked at the warning track before that pitch? Did anyone else notice how deep he was playing? Absurd.

    SF May 3, 2007, 8:52 pm
  • Ugh. This sucks. Hold em down, Daisuke!
    I blame SF. Jinxer.

    Paul SF May 3, 2007, 8:52 pm
  • Nope.. another single. 7-6. Doesnt matter how much run support we give…
    Time for new episode of CSI. I’m out.

    Dionysus May 3, 2007, 8:53 pm
  • I agree, SF. Dice should be given a bit more time.
    Good thing Tito’s very patient with his players.
    Guillen plates Ibañez with a single. Two on, one out.
    Johjima’s up. Be careful Dice.

    Rain May 3, 2007, 8:53 pm
  • Oh look. ANOTHER bloop F*CKING SINGLE. HOW is this possible? EVERY time he walks somebody, it’s some dinky little piss a** hit that that drives in the run. (Except for that ripped double earlier in the game)

    desturbd1 May 3, 2007, 8:53 pm
  • Jesus, I’m glad I haven’t been near a computer for a while, a lot of you people need to relax, a lot of good pitchers have off nights, get a grip.

    LocklandSF May 3, 2007, 8:53 pm
  • Is Hansack in the house?
    And anyone else wonder if Timlin is about ready to retire? As in, soon?

    I'm Bill McNeal May 3, 2007, 8:53 pm
  • Great. Losing it to Johjima, 2 straight nowhere near the zone. I fully expect a seeing-eye single through the infield.

    desturbd1 May 3, 2007, 8:54 pm
  • d1: Coco was seriously playing near the track on that hit. Why was he so deep? He’s got the range back, seems like a silly piece of positioning to me, Guillen isn’t an elite slugger.

    SF May 3, 2007, 8:55 pm
  • In the Herald today, Timlin was talking about how both his knees are sore, his hips hurt, he has arthritis and how his back hurts when he wakes up in the morning… Sheesh.

    Paul SF May 3, 2007, 8:55 pm
  • Jesus, Lugo makes a terrible play, weakly charges a soft grounder, then throws the ball way over Youk’s head at first, the run ties the game. Guillen did his part to disrupt the play, but another cheap piece of shit hit.

    SF May 3, 2007, 8:56 pm
  • If I remember correctly, Timlin signed for one more year this offseason, correct?
    Betancourt with a signle. Lead erased.
    Like I said, seesaw game.

    Rain May 3, 2007, 8:57 pm
  • to be exact, he’s thrown first pitch strikes to 2 of the last 14 batters. make it 3 of 15.

    sf rod May 3, 2007, 8:57 pm
  • I refuse to take the “jinx” blame, either. I won’t stand for it!
    This inning is the fault of the Red Sox’ defensive positioning, as far as I can tell.

    SF May 3, 2007, 8:57 pm
  • I guess the moral to the story is: When you don’t walk batters, you don’t have to worry about the cheap hits…

    Paul SF May 3, 2007, 8:59 pm
  • at least youk was positioned right.

    sf rod May 3, 2007, 8:59 pm
  • Sounds like we’re about to get a retirement announcement.
    Joe says Hansack in the house, and shoulder tendinitis puts Timlin on the DL. I wonder if this has anything to do with a lack of performance enhancement.

    I'm Bill McNeal May 3, 2007, 8:59 pm
  • Inning ends on a soft grounder to Youkilis.
    Frankly, Matsuzaka didn’t pitch poorly at all that inning. One hit was a sky-high popup about 150 feet from home plate that nobody could reach, and another was a weak grounder to shortstop. If either play is made, the Sox still have a two-run lead. Them’s the breaks. Sh*t happens. Not trying to call this a good game from Matsuzaka (it’s not, at all), but that inning looked way worse than it really was.
    Time to get the lead back.

    SF May 3, 2007, 9:00 pm
  • Defensive positioning or SF…. Hmmmm….
    I choose SF!

    Paul SF May 3, 2007, 9:01 pm
  • i’m over the “refresh your inner fan” clip.
    hansack is in the bullpen.

    sf rod May 3, 2007, 9:01 pm
  • Can we all maybe stop pretending that there’s anything to be happy about tonight? This was, by far, the worst performance by any Sox starter this year, and yes I remember Curt’s opening day. I know, the RBI basehits were all dinky–except for the double–and yeah, he went through a nice stretch in the middle…but this f*cking sucked. He didn’t even have the strikeouts this time. 3 bad starts in a row…dammit all.
    Performance enhancement? C’mon…the dude’s in his early 40’s and he’s been a horse of a reliever for a long time. That kind of guy tends to decline sharply and unexpectedly.

    desturbd1 May 3, 2007, 9:01 pm
  • Rain, I believe the one-year deal is correct.

    I'm Bill McNeal May 3, 2007, 9:02 pm
  • Wily Mo! 3 for 3!
    Mateo didn’t read the scouting report, which is inexcusable, since it’s one line: “Don’t throw Wily Mo anything straight”.

    SF May 3, 2007, 9:02 pm
  • No, wait. I blame Matsuzaka! He’s so crappy! Send him back to Japan! He should be perfect, and he’s not, so screw him. We’d be better with Kei Igawa and Carl Pavano’s disembodied right arm out there! :-P

    Paul SF May 3, 2007, 9:02 pm
  • Wily Mo’s red hot tonight. Wow.

    Rain May 3, 2007, 9:03 pm
  • The performance enhancement crack was a joke. A reference to Marty Miller.

    I'm Bill McNeal May 3, 2007, 9:04 pm
  • Wow, who the hell called that play?! That’s terrible managing, if the hit and run was on with Pedroia and Wily Mo. WMP thrown out stealing, if you can call it that. There’s a taste of last year’s Sox, right there.

    SF May 3, 2007, 9:04 pm
  • we need to change our steal signs.

    sf rod May 3, 2007, 9:04 pm
  • Worse than Tavarez’s first start? I dunno about that. It’s a bad start, but I wouldn’t say it’s the third such start in a row either… Last start against the Yankees was a good start, imo.

    Paul SF May 3, 2007, 9:05 pm
  • Another sniffed-out hit and run. Looks like we should think about changing out signs…Boston doing its best to lose a game they had no business losing.

    desturbd1 May 3, 2007, 9:05 pm
  • A pitch-out? On WMP? On the first pitch?
    Somebody must have stolen a sign.

    I'm Bill McNeal May 3, 2007, 9:05 pm
  • Good AB by Pedroia. Do I smell a break-out coming?

    I'm Bill McNeal May 3, 2007, 9:07 pm
  • Not to be contrary, d1, but any game where you’re down 5-0 in the first is a game you have EVERY business losing…

    Paul SF May 3, 2007, 9:07 pm
  • Come on, d1. It was a shitty start, without question. But the game is tied, and it’s the Mariners we’re playing. Can we worry about Matsuzaka after this game is over?
    Pedroia muscles a ball 210 feet for a popout. I seriously do not like watching him make contact.

    SF May 3, 2007, 9:07 pm
  • maybe WMP can play 2B? has anyone asked?

    sf rod May 3, 2007, 9:08 pm
  • Lugo legs out a ball in the hole, Betancourt throws a bullet pulling Sexson off the bag, the ump rules him off, but Sexson is pissed.

    SF May 3, 2007, 9:10 pm
  • Sexson was right. Lugo was out.

    SF May 3, 2007, 9:10 pm
  • “It’s a bad start, but I wouldn’t say it’s the third such start in a row either… Last start against the Yankees was a good start, imo.”
    Because of the qualifications we put on it. The, “it was only 1 bad inning, and he ended up giving us seven.” I don’t necessarily disagree with that in theory, but in practice…three times in a row and it’s no longer a workable excuse. His issues have nothing to do with his stuff, and the same problem keeps recurring.
    Pedroia hits it as hard as he can and it doesn’t even reach the warning track. Partly the wind, partly Pedroia. Probably a double on a normal night.
    “Not to be contrary, d1, but any game where you’re down 5-0 in the first is a game you have EVERY business losing…”
    I meant on paper. It’s Horacio f*cking Ramirez vs Daisuke Matsuzaka. This looked like a total blowout coming in, the offense did its job and Daisuke didn’t. In fact, the offense dug him out and he put them back in the hole again; the defense didn’t help, but he’s the one who gave up the walk and the double.

    desturbd1 May 3, 2007, 9:11 pm
  • I meant on paper. It’s Horacio f*cking Ramirez vs Daisuke Matsuzaka.
    Fair enough. I agree these one-inning disasters are very troubling. They’ve actually occurred FOUR times now. Twice they haven’t been fatal (Tor and NYY), and twice they’ve been catastrophic (NYY and tonight, though that first NYY start was more just struggling throughout the game)…

    Paul SF May 3, 2007, 9:14 pm
  • Jeez, d1, and I thought I was intermittently blue, bitter. But I look like Mr. Optimism compared to you!
    Sure, Matsuzaka didn’t do his job tonight, shit happens. So he’s struggled a bit these last three starts, but he’s pitched deep into games and is learning. As long as he’s not hurt, we just have to hope that he can keep learning.
    As for the “on paper” stuff, Ramirez vs. Matsuzaka, didn’t we win a Tavarez vs. Halladay start? Didn’t we win a Tavarez vs. Wang start? Baseball isn’t entirely predictable.

    SF May 3, 2007, 9:15 pm
  • mentkiewicz homers. 2-0 yanks. ill.

    sf rod May 3, 2007, 9:19 pm
  • Look, I’m all for looking for bright spots in our pitchers’ outings when they struggle like this. My problem is that this is proving itself to be something of a recurring issue and it’s not getting any better. The rough 5th was more along the lines of a normal rough inning; one of those, “aw, shucks” types. But if he’s throwing a truly AWFUL inning a game, he better be near-perfect for the rest of it. Until now he kinda had been, tonight he wasn’t. If this were only the first time he’d had a start like this I wouldn’t be upset…but it’s the fourth, to go along with one brilliant overall start (KC) and one struggling overall start (1st NYY game).
    “Didn’t we win a Tavarez vs. Wang start? Baseball isn’t entirely predictable.”
    True. But I’d actually rather have Tavarez in my starting rotation then Horacio Ramirez. Yes, I hate Horacio that much.
    Doug Midsfihsdf just hit a 2-run shot to give the Yanks a 2-0 lead. So it begins.

    desturbd1 May 3, 2007, 9:20 pm
  • Snyder is in for Dice.
    Why not Hansack?
    Now I’m worried.

    Rain May 3, 2007, 9:20 pm
  • Absolutely amazing that Matsuzaka will come away with an ND after giving up seven earned runs in five innings (GameDay says seven, but didn’t one or two runs come on errors?).

    Paul SF May 3, 2007, 9:20 pm
  • Ok, I am off. Going to watch the game where the internet don’t go.
    Come on, Sox! Make d1 a happy man!!!

    SF May 3, 2007, 9:20 pm
  • Great, Snyder gets the first out and throws the next 7 pitches nowhere near the zone. Why does everyone I keep pulling for continue to disappoint me? ;-)

    desturbd1 May 3, 2007, 9:22 pm
  • and snyder joins the walkathon. nowhere near the plate on 8 straight pitches.

    sf rod May 3, 2007, 9:22 pm
  • Look, I’m all for looking for bright spots in our pitchers’ outings when they struggle like this.
    I am not even asking you to look for a bright spot, just saying that the hand-wringing is a bit much. Surely we expect/ed more from Daisuke, and in a game the Sox score seven you’d basically think that game’s a lock. But it wasn’t. Let’s keep our fingers crossed that he’s not hurt, that’s what I say, and let’s win this game.
    And now, good night!

    SF May 3, 2007, 9:25 pm
  • In Snyder’s defense, he hasn’t pitched since Saturday. Gotta work out the rust.

    desturbd1 May 3, 2007, 9:25 pm
  • Thankfully Jose Vidro has never heard of plate discipline, and flies out for the scond out…

    Paul SF May 3, 2007, 9:26 pm
  • Damn, nice pickoff. Has his move to first always been that good?

    JoshA May 3, 2007, 9:27 pm
  • Snyder picks off Beltre! Take that!
    I just never liked Beltre. Sorry, Beltre fans. :P

    Rain May 3, 2007, 9:27 pm
  • Wow! I thought Snyder was throwing over c uz he couldn’t find the zone at the plate, but he actually picks off Beltre! Bravo!

    Paul SF May 3, 2007, 9:28 pm
  • …kind of beating a dead horse now, but I’m not hand-wringing over a possible loss, I’m mostly hand-wringing over a troubling issue from Daisuke’s last four starts. Like you say…have to keep our fingers crossed that he isn’t hurt, but also that he and Farrell figure out whatever it is that keeps making this happen, and fast. The fact that Ramirez got shelled too is kinda irrelevant.
    Snyder’s got a crazy-fast pickoff move. Wow.

    desturbd1 May 3, 2007, 9:29 pm
  • it’s very hard to believe beltre had 48 hr’s / 122 rbi / .344 avg. not to many years removed.

    sf rod May 3, 2007, 9:30 pm
  • He came really close the first two times he tried. You’d think Beltre would have learned. But he didn’t. Beltre suxors. :-)
    Papi walks. A multi-homer game from Manny would be pretty sweet. Manny’s 2/3 with a homer and a double in his career against Mateo.

    desturbd1 May 3, 2007, 9:31 pm
  • Manny swings through a badly located slow curve. So much for splits meaning anything…regardless, Youk is 2/3 with a double against him.

    desturbd1 May 3, 2007, 9:34 pm
  • I’m sure John Farrell will figure it out. Remember, Dice came from a different culture. different work ethic, different style of playing. You may argue that its still baseball, but fact is, Dice had to adjust in a big way, coming over here.
    Its just May. So I’m not gonna panic and call it the end. Besides, there’s always Beckett and his breakout year. :P

    Rain May 3, 2007, 9:36 pm
  • And the DP. Ortiz gives Betancourt a hug for the tagout, which is kinda funny…but I’m still unhappy.

    desturbd1 May 3, 2007, 9:38 pm
  • Ibanez is a good hitter. Fouls off a few tough pitches. But then he waves at a nasty 12/6 curve. This is why I’m a Kyle Snyder fan. But Sexson scares me right now.

    desturbd1 May 3, 2007, 9:40 pm
  • Works an 8-pitch walk. Ump’s not giving the corners at all. Guillen’s gonna do something bad.

    desturbd1 May 3, 2007, 9:44 pm
  • Donnelly’s in for Snyder.
    Everytime Donnelly throws, I get a feeling he’s going to hurt himself. Violent delivery.

    Rain May 3, 2007, 9:56 pm
  • Coming into this late… Astonished by DiceK’s latest brain f@rt, this time in the first inning. How can a guy who “loves to throw” have such difficulty finding the zone?

    Hudson May 3, 2007, 9:57 pm
  • K…so…Reitsma is a guy who couldn’t survive in the National League. Just like Horacio Ramirez. He’s truly an awful pitcher, and failing to score on him would be inexcusable.
    As for Matsuzaka…I wonder how much they’re letting him throw between starts. I know they’re trying to save his arm and he keeps wanting to throw–holy crap WMP is 4/4–maybe he loses his release point because he’s just not throwing enough to maintain it.

    desturbd1 May 3, 2007, 10:03 pm
  • Did WMP’s average go up by 100 points tonight?

    I'm Bill McNeal May 3, 2007, 10:04 pm
  • Daisuke just needs to find the strike zone, if indeed his arm hasn’t given out.
    I watched his start against King Felix, he was nearly matching him, and he can throw like 8 fricking pitches for strikes.

    Andrew May 3, 2007, 10:05 pm
  • Great piece of hitting by Pedroia. Now THAT is what he needed.
    PLEASE, Lugo…you had a clutch bases loaded double earlier…we need another hit here…

    desturbd1 May 3, 2007, 10:05 pm
  • Pedroia’s singles. And Wily Mo is 4 for 4.
    Go Sox!

    Rain May 3, 2007, 10:05 pm
  • Is.. that sulfur I smell in the air? And hoofbeats I hear? Soudns like four sets…
    Cause Wily Mo has gone 4 for 4.

    Dionysus May 3, 2007, 10:06 pm
  • Pena’s avg before tonight: .172. After tonight: .272. So, yes, 100 points even. :-) Gotta love May.

    desturbd1 May 3, 2007, 10:06 pm
  • DAMMIT Lugo.
    We’ve lost this one.

    Dionysus May 3, 2007, 10:07 pm
  • Sulfer, Dion?

    I'm Bill McNeal May 3, 2007, 10:07 pm
  • Reitsma’s the worst f*cking pitcher in that bullpen and he just made Lugo look stupid…after making Tek and Lowell both look silly…
    Besides Pena and Pedroia, tonight has sucked…

    desturbd1 May 3, 2007, 10:08 pm
  • IBM – I think it was 101 points :)

    rootbeerfloat May 3, 2007, 10:08 pm
  • I bailed on this game when I tuned in and it was 4-0 and quickly became 5-0 (to watch a movie with the SO). Now I come back and they have a fighting shot. I saw a couple of the stupid plays that should have been outs in the 1st–looks like a bad night all around for Matsuzaka. Crappy pitching for stretches and bad luck.
    Ichiro 0-2 now.

    Devine May 3, 2007, 10:11 pm
  • They’re gonna win tonight. I don’t know it, but I believe it.
    This is the one where the offense picks ’em up when the starter can’t do it every damn time.

    Devine May 3, 2007, 10:12 pm
  • I’m a fan of Donnelly. Real rough appearance against Oakland, but he’s bounced back nicely to save Snyder’s ass and pitch a clean 8th.
    Incidentally…the Mariners deserve some credit for what they did with Snyder. When he came back out for the seventh, they all fouled off some pretty tough pitches.
    Also: Is Texas REALLY this bad, or is Moose this good?

    desturbd1 May 3, 2007, 10:15 pm
  • This is our chance if we do, Devine. We have Papi in this inning.
    Also..
    May I just.. comment…
    WILY MO WENT 4 FOR 4???!!!!
    *Dion’s heart claws its way out of his chest, jumps up and down lightly on his head, then explodes*

    Dionysus May 3, 2007, 10:16 pm
  • d1, both.
    Mussina is still a very very good pitcher, and Texas is a phenominally bad team

    Dionysus May 3, 2007, 10:17 pm
  • Crisp grounds to 1st.

    Devine May 3, 2007, 10:17 pm
  • We need to score this inning. Aren’t gonna touch Putz if it comes to that, and the meat of the order is up.
    Coco ahead 3-1 and chops ball four to first. I’m SO glad he’s batting second tonight.

    desturbd1 May 3, 2007, 10:18 pm
  • Full count to Papi.

    Devine May 3, 2007, 10:19 pm
  • Pinero up in the pen.

    I'm Bill McNeal May 3, 2007, 10:19 pm
  • Papi Ks.

    Devine May 3, 2007, 10:20 pm
  • FRAK!

    Dionysus May 3, 2007, 10:21 pm
  • Manny gets a break on that check swing call. 3-1 instead of 2-2.

    Devine May 3, 2007, 10:22 pm
  • MANNNYYYYYYYY!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Devine May 3, 2007, 10:23 pm
  • WOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!!!!!

    I'm Bill McNeal May 3, 2007, 10:24 pm
  • MANNNY!

    Dionysus May 3, 2007, 10:24 pm
  • Nasty curveball to finish Ortiz…but that started out of the zone and finished in the dirt. Unpapi-like swing…
    Manny works the count to 3-1 with a kinda generous check-swing call by the 1st base ump…looks at strike 2, not too happy about it.
    MANNNNY OPPOSITE FIELLD!

    desturbd1 May 3, 2007, 10:25 pm
  • Gives Manny all the Red Sox go-ahead RBI of the night, I believe. Youkilis grounds to 3rd. Pineiro?

    Devine May 3, 2007, 10:25 pm
  • Gotta say…Manny’s kinda a d*che. Heh, I love him anyway but I can’t blame other teams for hating the way he watches his homers. That time he stood at homeplate, took a few steps towards first, and put his arms in the air celebrating as the ball landed in the crowd.
    Still no sign of Papelbon; anyone think I’m insane for freaking out about a possible injury issue a few days back? Huh? The secretive disappearance of Jon Papelbon?

    desturbd1 May 3, 2007, 10:27 pm
  • Manny homers!!!
    Papelbon time?

    Rain May 3, 2007, 10:28 pm
  • Donnelly?

    I'm Bill McNeal May 3, 2007, 10:28 pm
  • something wrong with pap?

    dc May 3, 2007, 10:29 pm
  • Great fucking bullpen management Tito. Two lefties in a row, sure, let’s leave Donnelly in. I know Romero sucks but if you can’t f*cking trust him in this situation with your closer unavailable, f*cking cut him and bring back Javier Lopez.

    desturbd1 May 3, 2007, 10:29 pm
  • .. R…Romero?

    Dionysus May 3, 2007, 10:29 pm
  • And now … Romero??
    Hold your breath.

    I'm Bill McNeal May 3, 2007, 10:29 pm
  • I’m glad Donnelly’s coming out after that batter.
    But Romero? Ugh, I’d rather have Pineiro, and that’s saying something.
    Let’s see if something happens here.

    Devine May 3, 2007, 10:30 pm
  • I’m actually…kinda…okay…with Papelbon not appearing here. I don’t know why…just wanna give him one more day. Papelbon really looks like he wants to be in there from the bench.

    Devine May 3, 2007, 10:31 pm
  • Ok. Paps is hurt. Let’s face it. Thats the only explaination. I’m going to go jump off a bridge.

    Dionysus May 3, 2007, 10:32 pm
  • OK, Ibanez 3-21 vs. Romero; Sexson 0-6.

    I'm Bill McNeal May 3, 2007, 10:32 pm
  • Boston needs a good 6-7 innings out of Wakefield tomorrow after this…
    That said, Hansack will probably be available, and he’s been stretched out as a starter.

    desturbd1 May 3, 2007, 10:32 pm
  • Double play! Whew.

    Hudson May 3, 2007, 10:33 pm
  • WAY TO GO! DP!!! Uno mas! Do you really want Romero against the righty if you have another option?
    Of course, Pineiro hasn’t worked in, like, 10 days? More?

    Devine May 3, 2007, 10:33 pm
  • Double play!!!
    Tito, I love you.

    I'm Bill McNeal May 3, 2007, 10:33 pm
  • DP! Thank GOD!

    Dionysus May 3, 2007, 10:33 pm
  • I am NOT a fan of Romero facing Sexson. I know you don’t want to go all Joe-Torre and empty the pen…but still…

    desturbd1 May 3, 2007, 10:34 pm
  • YES!!!
    Manny, carry the team for a game, whydon’tcha?

    Devine May 3, 2007, 10:34 pm
  • Romero gets a DP! Sweet!

    Rain May 3, 2007, 10:35 pm
  • WOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!!
    What a weird game!!!!!

    I'm Bill McNeal May 3, 2007, 10:35 pm
  • Out #3, 6-3, Sox win… An ugly win, but the bullpen work and Manny’s two home runs redeem it.

    Hudson May 3, 2007, 10:36 pm
  • Romero gets Sexson, and the save.
    Sox win, 7-6!

    Rain May 3, 2007, 10:36 pm
  • Its a Miracle!
    SOX WIN!
    Wily Mo replaced by Alien Impersonator (Tito says he can stay)!
    Manny is BACK!

    Dionysus May 3, 2007, 10:36 pm
  • To be fair (I just like celebrating Manny ’cause he’s my favorite), Manny GIDPed in a big spot when the Sox put up 5, so it’s not like it was all roses. But multi-HR game from Manny, to go ahead twice, including in the bottom of the 8th?
    HOW CAN I NOT CELEBRATE?!

    Devine May 3, 2007, 10:36 pm
  • Well nevermind. Made Sexson look really stupid on a slider in the dirt for strike 2, and gets the groundout to 3rd. Romero’s starting to scare me a little less then he did…just a little.
    Well, that was the ugliest win of the season to this point. But one of the most exciting and hard fought. Now, I’m just terrified by Papelbon’s disappearance and Matsuzaka’s continued inconsistancy.

    desturbd1 May 3, 2007, 10:36 pm
  • 2 on, 2 out for Kinsler in the 6th.

    I'm Bill McNeal May 3, 2007, 10:37 pm
  • whee, sox win. just have to trust that the atrocious one inning blunders for daisuke will be cured with time and adjustments, or at the very least be less severe.

    minomni SF May 3, 2007, 10:38 pm
  • Ok.. I knwo its WAY off topic for this blog…
    But anyone see tongihts CSI? See the end? How knocked off your feet are you?
    I’m still more shocked by Wily Mo going 4 for 4.

    Dionysus May 3, 2007, 10:38 pm
  • Papelbon’s absence is deeply deeply disturbing.
    Best case scenario is that he has a virus like Drew. Worst case is he’s injured.

    Dionysus May 3, 2007, 10:41 pm
  • nice game sf’s…don’t make lame excuses for dice-k…he doesn’t need them…he’ll probably be fine…bigger ?…what’s wrong with pap?…

    dc May 3, 2007, 10:42 pm
  • I’m hoping at this point Dice-K’s sort of a Beckett ’06 project (though yes, it’s only been six starts for him, he could totally still suck), and that his catch-up time is just a mite faster. :)

    Devine May 3, 2007, 10:44 pm
  • W. Modesto Pena’s batting average jumped all the way to .273 tonight.

    Hudson May 3, 2007, 10:46 pm
  • I doubt there’s anything wrong with Paps.
    He threw 32 pitches the other day. This was a game against a crappy team.
    I’m sure Tito wanted to give him an extra day to get redy for the Twinkies.
    OK, I hope.
    It was nice to see the rest of the pen get the job done tonight.

    I'm Bill McNeal May 3, 2007, 10:46 pm
  • I really am not feeling the gloom and doom on Pap. Like I said, I felt one more day was not a bad idea, and if he’s sick, so much the more reason.
    If this means he’s available on back-to-back nights next couple games for instance, that sounds pretty good.

    Devine May 3, 2007, 10:46 pm
  • sox are hiding something [ala belichek]…something’s wrong with drew and pap…stay tuned….

    dc May 3, 2007, 10:51 pm
  • Dunno. Rotoworld said he looked pretty pissed off that he wasn’t allowed to warm up, but I didn’t see him. Hopefully it’s just a matter of getting him an extra day’s rest; maybe they’ll give him 3 in a row off whenever he has to throw a lot of pitches like that, or just once a month, or something….
    Incidentally, I told my roommates yesterday that we wouldn’t see Papelbon no matter what until Friday at the earliest. One of them argued with me, said I was overreacting and he’d be available tonight. I was riiiiigght…heh. I agree with it too, it’s a good idea even if he’s not hurt.

    desturbd1 May 3, 2007, 10:51 pm
  • Riiight…Drew played yesterday and got what, 5 or 6 ab’s? I’m sure his knee is broken…

    desturbd1 May 3, 2007, 10:52 pm
  • Good night, all.
    Time to put the boy to bed.
    BTY, when I picked up my 5-year-old today from day care, I asked him how his art class went.
    He said, “Well, we’re all done talking about Marc Chagal.”
    Yes. He’s 5.

    I'm Bill McNeal May 3, 2007, 10:54 pm
  • I’m pretty much in full blown panic mode about Papelbon, a little less so about Daisuke, a little bit less than that about Drew.

    Dionysus May 3, 2007, 10:55 pm
  • DL

    dc May 3, 2007, 10:56 pm
  • Matsuzaka is turning into a big time flop. He might soon turn into an albatross for the Sawx.
    The Red Sox would best be served if they dumped Matsuzaka now for whatever they can get, while he still has some value.
    The Yankees need starting pitching. They would happily take Daisuke off your hands for say Carl Pavano, Melky Cabrera, and Chase Wright.
    That sounds about fair.

    yf2k May 4, 2007, 12:47 am
  • Yeah, Timlin’s on the DL. He’s cooked, though. Looked cooked since last half of last year.
    Least the Sox found a replacement in Okajima.

    Andrew May 4, 2007, 3:33 am

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