Tuesday Night Observations

Daisuke Matsuzaka works incredibly slowly.  He pitched into the 7th and took 2 3/4 hours, and that was a fast night for him.  It has been a painful thing to watch all season especially when compared to Tim Wakefield.

Matsuzaka hit ARod and almost hit Robinson Cano (who gave him his best menacing glare).  Prediction:  Roger Clemens does something about it Wednesday night.  Prediction:  Josh Beckett answers the call.

Eric Hinske isn’t, never has been and never will be a match for Jaba Chamberlain.

Given the Yankee offense, if they had any consistent pitching, this wouldn’t be a contest.

If anyone in the Yankees organization cares, it might be a good idea to not use Chamberlain as much as Scott Proctor was used.  Proctor was probably never destined to be an elite reliever, but he might have made a few million as a pitcher.  Now, I’m not sure he’ll be in baseball in 3 years.  I know, he made a major league minimum at worst, but still.  Maybe Joe Torre will cut him a few checks in a few years.

JD Drew might as well come up with one of his 20 game injuries as he isn’t helping this Red Sox team at all.  He has been terrible.  A .756 OPS at $14m a year.  He best figure this problem out soon or he will not be a happy man for the next few years (despite his wealth…after all, money doesn’t buy one happiness).

Mike Lowell will probably wind up with 115-120 RBI this year.  Not bad for a throw-in.  My guess is he is gone next year as Boston won’t want to offer more than 2 years and he’ll probably get a 3-4 year deal at $11-$12m per.

Tuesday was the toughest match-up in the series for Boston as Andy Pettitte is a good pitcher having a good year.

With both Manny Ramirez and Bobby Kielty going down with injuries, get used to Eric Hinske for a day or two.  Yikes.

Despite the lead the Red Sox have over the Yankees, there is still a buzz in the air when these 2 teams go head-to-head.