Saturday, April 23, 2011
What if Dice-K is good again?
Seriously, was ANY Red Sox fan counting on Dice K for squat this year?
Wasn't the consensus that the Daisuke Matsuzaka era in Boston was grinding down to a whimper?
And yeah he had a great game on Monday. But that was a Patriots Day game and most visiting batters' timing tends to be off with the early Patriots Day start.
So I guess it was easy to dismiss 7 innings of 1 hit ball.
But is it so easy to dismiss 8 innings of 1 hit ball on the road?
That's 15 shutout innings where he let up 2 hits total in his last 2 starts.
Couple this with Beckett's unexpected return to form and it is similar to finding a pair of $20 bills in an old jacket.
I wasn't even COUNTING on those two. What if they give the Sox a good year? What if Buchholz finds his stuff again?
And do you REALLY think Carl Crawford will bat .154 all year?
Do you REALLY think Kevin Youkilis is a .217 hitter?
They will start to hit. (Today they both DID hit.)
Suddenly the Sox, 7-1 in their last 8 games, don't look so helpless.
(I made a 7-11 joke about their record. I just can NOT make a 9-11 joke.)