“Wild Thing” [bum bum bah bah bah] You make my heart sing [bum bum bah bah bah]…” (
Cleveland Indians “farmhand” (really?) Daisuke Matsuzaka seems to be emulating the Indians fan favorite Rick Vaughn (a.k.a. Charlie Sheen) in everyone’s favorite late 1980′s baseball movie “Major League”. After getting “red tagged” out of Spring Training, Matsuzaka figured to just be getting his timing and arm strength up to starter level and probably crack the Indians rotation by mid-May. But oh those walks.
According to MiLB.com, Matsuzaka walked eight batters in only 4 innings in his third outing for the Columbus Clippers. In his first two outings, it was 8 walks in just over 7 innings. This is a trend, folks. While many hurlers face control issues coming off Tommy John surgery, this is his second season (admittedly, still under a calendar year) and seems like this should be behind him.
And the Tribe are in desperate need of arm help, already rolling lines of starters 6 or 7 deep. Which I guess means depth, but also means, they’re in need of someone to step up as they find themselves in the AL Central cellar, despite making strong moves to shore up their roster.
Matsuzaka is only 32 years old, seems like he’s being portrayed as over the hill, but that’s the same age as C.J. Wilson and C.C. Sabathia, younger than Wandy Rodriguez and Colby Lewis.
I think he’ll have some say at the majors this year, let’s hope this is just still some of the Tommy John surgery working out the kinks. Or just get him some Rick Vaughn style glasses.
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