In what will likely be Daisuke Matsuzaka’s final start as a Red Sox, Boston will go down on the road to the New York Yankees. Matsuzaka, whose Major League career started so promisingly with a World Series championship in 2007, has been a huge disappointment for Red Sox fans since 2009. In the past four years, he’s only had one season where he registered an ERA below 5.00.
He also only started more than 12 games once in that period because of injury. Yet, 2012 has probably been his worst. He’s gone 1-6 with a 7.68 ERA. With opponents batting a very healthy .295 against him and the Yankees scoring the second-most runs per game in the American League, it’s not too promising for the Red Sox.
New York starter Hiroki Kuroda appears to be a bit fatigued after setting a career high with 212 2/3 innings pitched, but with a completely thinned out Boston lineup – Dustin Pedroia became the most recent Red Sox star to be shut down for the final games of the season – Kuroda should do just fine. Take the Yankees as Boston has very little firepower to compete.
Although neither the San Diego Padres nor the Milwaukee Brewers have much to play for in their season finale, the Brewers, who are playing at home, should prevail thanks to some personal motivation from their pitcher Yovani Gallardo.
Brewers’ manager Ron Roenicke had planned to shut Gallardo down after his last start in which he passed the 200 inning mark – and also got his 200th strikeout of the season. But Gallardo asked to take the pitcher’s mound in this one because he wants to reach a personal goal: 17 wins. That would tie a career best.
His pitching opponent Andrew Werner can’t boast such lofty aspirations. He’s been lackluster in his seven Major League starts this season, posting a 2-3 record with a 4.78 ERA. In his last outing he didn’t look too good, giving up eight hits that led to three runs over 4 2/3 innings against the San Francisco Giants. Gallardo is a man with a plan and that should equate to a Brewers win over the Padres.