Toronto Blue Jays (Chacin) vs. Boston Red Sox (Matsuzaka)
April 17, 2007 9:43am CST
Dice-K is coming to town and he's about to learn how he measures up against a team full of major-league batters, including Adam Lind who will be filling in for Reed Johnson for a while it seems. Dice-K will have the advantage as there is not much of a scouting report on him, and will probably shut down the Blue Jays very well for the first 3 innings while he goes through the order the first time. He may even keep them off the board for 5 innings when he goes through the rotation the second time. By the time we get into the 6th, we'll know what he's doing and I am sure that hitters will be able to do something about it. (This is the type of game where you will really miss Carlos Delgado because of the way he approaches his at-bats). Hopefully, by then, Chacin would have pitched very well and the Jays won't have too deep a hole to climb out of. Chacin is 5-0 against the Red Sox in his career despite having a 4+ ERA. This game will most likely be decided in the bullpens (unless Chacin does bad). On the plus side, despite the lack of scouting reports on him, Dice-K is allowing a .240 batting average against him, and he hasn't faced a team like the Blue Jays. Hopefully Frank Thomas can wake up and show him why we're a force to be reckoned with.
18 Apr 07
Well he sure came up a bit short last night. Great effort by Chacin, well over his average innings which was nice to see. I'd sure like to see Thomas start earning his money though. If Aaron Hill keeps up his pace I hope we hear some MVP talk, and I actually think he can.
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