Wednesday, September 16, 2009

The 52 Million Dollar Man

Daisuke Matsuzaka, pitcher. A shoulder barely alive. Gentlemen, we can rebuild him. We have the technology. We have the capability to build the world’s first bionic shoulder. Daisuke Matsuzaka will be that man. Better than he was before. Better, stronger, faster.

He disappears for four three months after starting the season with an 8.23 ERA, faces the team with the second most runs scored in the majors, and puts up a spectacular six inning, three hit, five strikeout and most importantly ZERO run performance? What else do you expect us to think they did to him down in Fort Myers, lifted weights?


Update: After reading through the blogsphere, I’m confused why everybody is praising Dice-K for “pounding the zone.” He threw 56% of pitches for strikes, and that includes swings and misses outside of the strike zone. People, be happy for his performance, but don’t pretend the bionic makeover turned Dice-K into Curt Schilling circa 2004.

posted by Matt at 10:19 am  

2 Comments »

  1. He DID “pound the zone” more consistently than he usually does. His biggest problem up until now has been a consistent failure to do so as often as Beckett and Lester routinely do. Let’s hope he doesn’t go back to his old “nibble, nibble, nibble some more” style of pitching, OK?

    Comment by John — September 16, 2009 @ 9:51 pm

  2. He was more consistent, but I still consider “pounding the zone” to mean at least 75% strikes. For some comparison, during his 18-win season last year he thew 61% of his pitches for strikes. But nobody ever said that he “pounded the zone” back then. In his starts this season before this one he threw 63% of his pitches for strikes.

    I hate it as much as anybody when he nibbles, and I was very happy with this performance, but I just think that saying that he “pounded the zone” is going a bit overboard.

    Comment by Matt — September 17, 2009 @ 1:58 pm

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