I debated on whose picture to use for this post: you had Manny, Papi, Mikey, and Lugo going yard to choose from, and truthfully, any one of the 4 would have been a good choice.
In the end, I had to go with Daisuke, who, in my opinion, pitched his best game as a member of the Boston Red Sox. 7IP, 5H, 1R, 3BB, and 8K's. He never ran into the trouble he's found himself in the past 4 games, and except for a Lyle Overbay home run, pitched a scoreless outing. The fact that Overbay should have gotten one in the ribs is beside the point right now, but all in all, it was a VERY impressive outing.
Donnelly pitched a 1-2-3 8th, and Joel Piniero pitched the ninth, giving up 2 meaningless runs. Matsuzaka showing he can be dominant goes a long way in easing my mind about the starting rotation: Beckett has been lights out, with Schilling and Wake being extremely solid. If we can count on Daisuke to do what he did tonight, that takes the burden off Tavarez for now, and Lester for later, on picking up the slack. All they need to do is give the team 5IP and keep them in the game.
22-10 on May 9th is more than I could have asked for: the Yankees are still lurking, but if the Sox keep pitching like they are, Steinbrenner's stormtroopers have a LONG road ahead of them.
And I can honestly say, even taking the 2004 team into account, I've never had as much fun watching a team play ball as I am this team: the Papi/Matsuzaka handshake/hug after his night was done just confirms it.
Wake vs. Doc Halladay tomorrow: I ain't gonna sweat it tonight. I'm gonna enjoy this win and worry about tomorrow when it gets here.