Thursday, March 25, 2010

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Wakefield, Dice-K Showing Some Promise...

Tim Wakefield and Daisuke Matsuzaka...a pair of pitchers some consider to be hit or miss for the Boston Red Sox looked outstanding in today's 6-4 spring training victory over the Florida Marlins. Wakefield underwent back surgery during the 2009-2010 offseason, not to mention the sheer fact that he's 43 years old. After practically lobbying to keep his spot two weeks ago, he's done nothing but produce in spring training to keep any doubters from speaking out any further.

Including his five of six scoreless innings pitched today, the 17-year veteran has earned a 3.6 ERA while racking up 10 K's in 20 innings. Keep fluttering the knuckleballs in looks as though it may just work again in 2010.

Moving on to Matsuzaka. Is it too ambitious for me to predict that Dice-K is about to have his most successful MLB campaign to date? I know, I know, the gyroball isn't real. But the entire Japanese population didn't buy Red Sox jerseys for nothing. Dice-K let up a run in 2 innings work in relief this afternoon...Not so bad knowing he's still not fully recovered from neck and back ailments.

Manager Terry Francona is looking forward to a great season with the 2x World Baseball Classic MVP, saying "I thought the biggest thing was that he got out there and he stayed in his delivery. I think you're going to see more come out of his arm, I certainly believe."

So this concludes my rant. Josh Beckett, John Lackey, Jon Lester, Clay Buchholz, Tim Wakefield, Daisuke Matsuzaka. Just wanted to make clear that we currently showcase the best string of starters in the MLB. Debate if you must..and If you simply don't care, I wouldn't be offended either.

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