With Game 7 tonight, I'd love to hear some thoughts on how this evening is going to play out.
CLE: Westbrook (1-1, 6.17 ERA)
BOS: Matsuzaka (0-1, 6.75 ERA)
Even though Dice-K has been painfully disappointing thus far in the post season, I think he, as others, are a victim of their own hype. With the
money that Theo coughed up for this guy, Red Sox nation is expecting him to walk on water. However, I think they would settle for a game seven win
His regular season wasn't that bad, but with the money he is being paid, they need better.
Throw the regular season out the window, throw any salary out the window, tonight is based on talent. Personally, even though Westbrook has looked
better, I'll go with Dice-K. For one reason, and for one reason only. He's at home tonight. It's not that Dice-K is going to be overly
remarkable tonight, or dominant like we see Beckett. But Westbrook is coming into Fenway, in an electric atmosphere that has no comparison. So
Dice-K will pitch better, but only because Westbrook is going to get hit hard, and often.
One through nine, is there a better line up? I mean, C'mon now. Six through nine last night carried the Sox, and put him numbers that are normally
reserved for Papi & Manny. Outside of Papi's late game double, them two were non-existent last night. Yet the Sox put up 13 hits with 12 runs. If
you put up those numbers, without Papi or Manny contributing, nobody wants to be on the other side of the field preparing for that offense.
I think the Sox take it tonight, and I think it might be over quick. If not the first time through the line up, then the second trip through will
touch up the Tribe's starter. If Dice-K can get to
the fifth, I think we'll see the bullpen come in and shut it down.
If the Sox are up by a few, the bullpen gets the nod. If it's close, we'll see Beckett coming in to shut it down.
[edit on 21-10-2007 by chissler]