This week brought its own revelations or reinforcements of prior beliefs.
- Know yourself. Daisuke Matsuzaka's performance against the Blue Jays gave fans and MORE IMPORTANTLY Matsuzaka, an injection of self-confidence. Matsuzaka made quality pitches in key situations - the running fastball in to Vernon Wells in particular and the cutter down and away. From a technical standpoint, his release point seemed more consistent and he dropped his elbow less frequently, allowing him to keep the ball down.
- If it ain't broke, don't fix it. If it is, get surgery. Roy Halladay looked WRONG on Thursday, lacking the fluid delivery characteristic of elite pitchers. From just watching warmups, a casual observer could notice a 'frozen' right side, as his upper body seemed mechanically awkward. Was he protecting his abdominal muscles (from the harbingers of appendicitis) with a flawed motion? I guess that we'll find out next time.
- Ouch! Wily Mo Pena isn't an enigmatic fourth outfielder. He's a defensively-challenged third outfielder who is 'low cost' insurance. He didn't have a play on the Mora double over his head (he wasn't Roy White playing on the warning track) and he simply botched the subsequent looper. You have to ask yourself how athletes with remarkable hand-eye coordination sometimes misplay 'easy' plays. At least it had no Bucknerian consequences.
- Candor in the Wind. Curt Schilling will always get a pass here for his contributions in 2004, and as individuals we have to decide whether we care about Schill's thoughts on Barry Bonds, steroids, NAFTA (if he has any), politics, polygamy, or anything else. I enjoy hearing and reading his opinions, but I'm not going to confuse him with Montaigne, Bertrand Russell, or Steven Hawking. But let's not forget that none of them are EVER going to the Baseball Hall of Fame. Well, Schilling might not be either, but he has a chance.
- Roger Clemens. The word I hear from the 'connected' is that the Clemens immediate family advocated for a circle-closing return to the Hub, but that Roger had other idea$.
- Hazel Mae. I only know what I see, but aren't the backups getting extra time in the lineup these days? Is Hazel letting herself go, or is she shopping at the high-end maternity boutiques these day? You be the judge.