Wednesday, April 11, 2007
Seattle MARINERS (2-2, 0-1 road) at Boston RED SOX (4-3, 1-0 home), 4:05p, FSNNW/ESPN2/MLB.tv
Felix Hernandez (1-0) vs. Daisuke Matsuzaka (1-0)
There's little doubt by now you've heard the whole nation talk about the home debut of Daisuke Matsuzaka, sometimes even with the caveat that (as Karl Ravech said on Baseball Tonight) hey, don't sleep on Felix Hernandez either. Needless to say, Mariner fans are hoping Felix can dazzle and steal some of the spotlight away from Daisuke. More importantly, this is a chance for Felix to basically tell the nation that he's learned from last year and has (I wish I had a better term here) re-arrived with undisputable awesomeness.
More importantly, Felix should be able to curb something disturbing about the first four games so far -- two of the Mariners' four starting pitchers have been completely drubbed (count the Horacio Ramirez non-start in the snow if you want; I didn't).
Oh yeah, also important is the weather forecast, which says it'll be mostly cloudy and 43 degrees. They might play this game all the way through as well!