Daisuke Matsuzaka, last five starts:
- Aug. 15, TB: 6IP, 8H, 3BB, 6ER
- Aug. 22, TB: 6IP, 2H, 4BB, 2ER
- Aug. 28, NYY: 6.1IP, 6H, 3BB, 5ER
- Sep. 3, TOR: 5.1 IP, 10H, 1BB, 7ER
- Sep. 8, BAL: 2.2IP, 6H, 3BB, 8ER
Tim Wakefield, last five starts:
- Aug. 13, TB: 8IP, 2H, 2BB, 0ER
- Aug. 20, TB: 7IP, 4H, 1BB, 0ER
- Aug. 25, CHW: 7IP, 3H, 3BB, 0ER
- BACK INJURY
- Sep. 6, BAL: 3.2IP, 9H, 2BB, 6ER
- Sep. 11, TB, 3+IP, 10H, 0BB, 7ER
These are two pitchers who were set to be part of a postseason rotation (Wake as the fourth starter, I presume), yet both guys have struggled mightily in September, not exactly the time to be showing your worst stuff of the year. We won’t rehash the discussion of whether Daisuke Matsuzaka is wearing down, regressing, etc., and Wake is coming off a back injury and clearly, no matter what he says about feeling just fine and having good stuff in the bullpen, isn’t there. So what does this portend for the Sox the rest of the way? For the postseason rotation? Is this is all just small sample size variation? I am interested to know what other SFs (and, perhaps, a couple of YFs!) think about all of this.
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