|Daisuke Matsuzaka in a Japan jersey|
The hopes of the Red Sox rotation were buoyed for another day as the man who has been so important to them in both the best and worst possible ways on the mound was able to put his thoughts of home in a compartment that allowed him to completely shut down the best Tiger lineup.
Last night, the Yankees didn’t bring their every day regulars to
, but today Matsuzaka handled Austin Jackson, Maglio Ordonez, Miguel Cabrera and Victor Martinez and the rest of Fort Myers ’s opening day lineup with ease! Detroit
Offensively, he hit another home run today and I am going to be the first to throw Jacoby Ellsbury’s name out there as a potential MVP candidate this season. I am not obtuse enough to think that a great spring means much in this game, but looking at his body of work over the past few seasons and his progression as a player, it is entirely possible that in this lineup, Ellsbury scores 120+ runs, steals 70+ bases, bats over .300 and plays a lockdown outfield that is going to put him right in the midst of the MVP hunt.
He is not known as a home run hitter, but he has that potential every time he comes to bat, so if Ellsbury hits at least 20 this year, I think he will battle with Robinson Cano from the Yankees for the AL MVP this season.
Thanks to both players the Sox had a phenomenal day vs
today whose bright spot was Justin Verlander’s 5 strikeout performance in 5.1 innings. He lowered his spring ERA to 1.20, one of the lowest in all of baseball this March. Detroit
The Tigers can conted in the AL Central if they can get him help in the rotation because with their offense, which is constructed very much like the Red Sox with high average base stealers in front of big thumping power hitters, will score a ton of runs.
As of this writing it is 1-1 in the top of the 9th.
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