When I saw the Late Daisuke Matsusaka, who passed away shortly after the moronic World Baseball Classic, was pitching tonight... I thought "3 innings max."
He hadn't pitched since getting torched on June 19th against Atlanta. His longest outing was 5 2/3 innings against Texas and he STILL got lit up in that game.
So you will forgive me that I wasn't brimming with optimism.
Before the game I was thinking "Hmm... the Sox had yesterday off. Plus since Thursday the Red Sox bullpen had thrown a grand total of three innings. So they were rested."
And knowing it was Dice-K I caught myself thinking
Bowden can throw the 3rd
Bard can throw the 4th
Ramirez can throw the 5th
Okajima can throw the 6th
Delcarmen can throw the 7th
Wagner can throw the 8th
Papelbon can throw the 9th...
And I was still nervous because I wasn't sure if Dice-K could give the Sox two innings!
I would feel like if I asked a Genie for 6 shut out innings, I would be overreaching.
Man, can you imagine if Dice K is pitching well...
And Beckett is pitching well...
And Lester is throwing like an ace...
And Buchholz has turned a corner...
LET'S GET OCTOBER STARTED ALREADY!!!