October 10, 2008

A GAME THAT GOOD...:

Matsuzaka Almost Unhittable in A.L.C.S. Opener (JACK CURRY, 10/11/08, NY Times)

Daisuke Matsuzaka of the Red Sox can be a stubborn pitcher. He is powerful enough to challenge hitters, but he often does not do it. Matsuzaka usually works the corners, waiting for hitters to bite on pitches they should not try to hit. For most of Friday night, the Tampa Bay Rays could not hit Matsuzaka at all.

After Matsuzaka weathered a painfully long first inning, he was superb. And he was definitely challenging hitters, mixing his fastball and changeup to stifle the Rays without a hit for the first six innings. As solid as Matsuzaka’s statistics were this season, this was the effective, economical pitcher the Red Sox yearn to see all the time. [...]

“He looked unbelievable,” Red Sox third baseman Kevin Youkilis said.

With the suddenly captivated fans of the Rays ringing cowbells and trying to implore their worst-to-first team, Matsuzaka’s precise pitching acted as the ultimate silencer.


...should have been played in a real ballpark.

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