I am not enjoying this streaky version of the Red Sox. Two nights ago Josh Beckett failed again to put the skids on a Boston losing streak. And last night they couldn't hold a lead against the Orioles for the second game in a row.
Fortunately the road trip is over. Tomorrow they will be back in Fenway to face... the Brewers? I just find it odd that they play Milwaukee on Friday when the bulk of their interleague schedule doesn't start for another month. I will rant more about interleague play when the time is right.
Matsuzaka will get the start and attempt to put the breaks on the four game losing streak. He will face Jeff Suppan, most famous to Sox fans for his base running gaffe in the 2004 World Series. When I look at the stats and then I watch Dice-K and Beckett pitch something doesn't make sense to me. Dice-K is 6-0 with an ERA of 2.45. Beckett is 4-3 with an ERA of 4.21. Matsuzaka seems to walk every other batter he faces, and he's walked 30 this season to Beckett's 10. Most of the time, Beckett appears to be the superior pitcher, but the stats tell a different story. In this case, the stats and my eyes disagree with one another. I'm not sure what that means yet.