6. Curious what my dearest of readers made of Junichi Tazawa against the Tigers the other night. I was impressed with his poise (especially after he got Greened not once, but twice, in the first inning), and the cartoonish movement on his pitches reminded me of the repertoire Daisuke Matsuzaka was supposed to have. I was surprised that the radar gun readings consistently had him in the high 80s, though -- the couple of times I saw him in Portland this season, he was pitching around 92-93, which seems a little more viable for sustained success, even with his outstanding secondary stuff and unusual feel for pitching for someone so young. (He changes speeds like a wily 10-year veteran.) The Sox, particularly Francona, have made it clear that they are very excited about the possibilities with this kid, not only in the future but in the present. Guess that Japanese Industrial League must have been better than we thought.
7. All I have to say about is this is thank goodness for you, Rick Hummel.
8. Red Sox batting coach Dave Magadan had an on-base percentage of .390 in his 16-year MLB career. Among the current regulars on the Red Sox, only Kevin Youkilis's OBP exceeds the Sox hitting coach's career average. Not exactly sure what my point is here, except that I wouldn't mind seeing Magadan get some at-bats in key situations at the expense of some of his alleged pupils.
9. As for today's Completely Random Baseball Card.
Because I don't care how well the Nats were playing. They'll forever be the Expos to me.
About Touching All The Bases
Irreverence and insight from Chad Finn, a Globe/Boston.com sports writer and media columnist. A winner of several national and regional writing awards, he is the founder and sole contributor to the TATB blog, which launched in December 2004. Yes, he realizes how lucky he is.