Making the adjustment
That’s what this whole season is going to be about for Dice-K. Adjusting to his environment, adjusting to hitters, adjusting to a different baseball, different mounds, different stadiums.
Last night, he won the adjustment game, recovering nicely after those three bad outings. It was interesting to hear him after the game. He certainly was a little relieved, but in no way does he feel as if he has all this figured out now.
I think the struggles of those previous three games were a little eye-opening to this man, who has only known success in his life. Now he knows how stiff the competition is against American League hitters, and he’s in the process of tacking that challenge. It’s going to be an ongoing one.
The team itself has a good vibe to it right now. There seems to be a different offensive hero every night, though nobody minds when Ortiz belts four hits, as he did Wednesday.
Wakefield vs. Halladay. This will be fun. Two pitchers who know exactly what they want to do and work quickly. A sweep for the Red Sox could be enormously damaging to the reeling Blue Jays.