Everything seems to be clicking for this team right now. The starting pitching has been exceptional of late, and quite simply, the team is doing what it needs to do to get the job done. With Ortiz out for a few games and Manny in a semi-slump, Kevin Youkilis picks up the slack and takes his game to the next level. That’s the sign of a good team and the sign of a team that’s going to win a serious amount of ball games this year.
About Daisuke so far this year- you can’t really complain about a guy with no losses, especially when the team seems to win every single time he goes out there. But there are some things you can’t ignore even in light of his success. 27 walks at this point in the season is a lot, and to have 8 come in one game? Over 5 innings? And it was a game that he was otherwise dominant in, only allowing 2 hits, so you can’t say it was a bad night. His high strikeout total (33) masks the number of walks somewhat, but if he doesn’t figure out what is wrong with his control soon, he will have problems in the future. And if he does… then the rest of the American League better watch out because he will have solidified himself as one of the most talented pitchers in baseball.
The ties are going strong- strong enough to overcome what I thought could be a fatal error when I accidentally put on an extra swipe of deodorant Sunday morning. In fact, I was able to go to the game on Sunday after completing the 20 mile walk for hunger. It was a great game to be at; the rain held off just long enough to get the game in. Kazmir made his first start of the season and got roughed up a bit, and Youk had a monster game as I touched on before.
In Detroit again tonight. What’s wrong with this team? They looked so dominant entering the season and yet we have walked all over them thus far. We’ll see if Wakefield can keep the momentum going.
One more thing- I found this story and thought it was hilarious. Just thought I would pass it along…
I’ll take advantage of this off day to talk a little bit more about my superstitions in general. Here’s the premise behind it all: take Manny Ramirez for example. He is one of the greatest hitters of all time. Why doesn’t he hit a home run every time he steps to the plate? Because things change. If he hits a fastball up and in out of the park in his first at bat, he probably doesn’t get that pitch in his second at bat. But there are an almost infinite amount of variables that could potentially have an impact on the swing of a bat- it is impossible to think of and account for them all. So, when something goes right, the best I can do is to try to recreate that exact moment in time again at a later time. If everything was exactly the same for two at bats, they should theoretically have the same result. Do my ties have an effect on Manny Ramirez? Something does…
Speaking of ties, I think I have the solution. The offense ran into a brick wall against Tampa Bay this past weekend and ran its losing streak to five games, both of which are warning signs. The Sox, in fact, have not won since the little fiasco with my lucky tie getting stuck in a tree. None of my ties are working. So, I have come to the conclusion that the only way to turn this team around is to wear that same tie again tomorrow and “reverse the curse” if you will. It is also important to keep in mind that the ties’ effect may be dwindling due to the approach of summer. I won’t be wearing any ties after May 30th, so they have a solid month left to make an impact.