Which Daisuke Matsuzaka will we get tonight at Rogers Centre? The one who looked so good his first three starts, or the one who was, yeah, very mediocre the next three times out.
Matsuzaka was here at the ballpark at 2 p.m. today and was out on the field doing cardio work by 3. This isn’t all that typical for a pitcher on the day of his game, but it’s a little fascinating.
Manager Terry Francona said that Jamie Moyer is another guy who runs on the day he pitches. Again, Daisuke is still trying to find a balance between what worked for him in Japan and what can work for him here. Tito also mentioned that Daisuke stayed off the weights this week and focused more on the running.
This is the first time this season that I have felt zero buzz for a Daisuke start. The whole thing has kind of flat-lined after the way he pitched the last three times out, and Okajima has become the bigger story to the media.
But it will only take a dominant outing or two from Matsuzaka to reverse that.
As for the latest controversy surrounding Schilling, I’m bored by it. He said yesterday what a lot of players think, but don’t publicly say. The apology was necessary because I think he did misrepresent some things. For example, Bonds has never admitted to knowingly using steroids. He did admit to taking the cream, which he claimed to think was flaxseed oil. Any way, it’s all semantics at this point.
More amazing to me is the way Papi’s comments to Michael Silverman were misconstrued. Terry Francona told us today that a Toronto journalist actually came up to him in the manager’s office yesterday and said, "What do you think about David Ortiz admitting to using steroids?"
What are some people thinking. I thought the article was good, and that Ortiz represented himself well. All he said was that he used to take some protein shakes in the Dominican and not know every ingredient that was in them, and that he is a lot more careful about that stuff now. Much ado about nothing.
Anyway, it will be interesting to see how Dice-K responds to his recent crisis tonight. Will he sink into a deeper hole or will he bust out with a 10-K performance?