04.12.07 11 years ago 22 Comments

Sorry, kids — no Japanese model pictures this morning.  Daisuke Matsuzaka made his Fenway debut last night against fellow Japanese stars Ichiro and Kenji Johjima, but Dice-K's not the story today. Blame the Mariners' Felix Hernandez, who threw seven innings of no-hit ball and finished with a one-hit shutout in an absolute fucking domination of one of the most potent lineups in Major League Baseball. 

Seriously: Daisuke Matsuzaka is a very good pitcher, but King Felix has a better fastball, better breaking pitches (devastating curve AND slider), greater differentiation in pitch velocity, and he's five years younger and costs the Mariners 1/40th what the Red Sox pay Dice-K.  Stand up and take notice, because one out of every five Mariners games will be worth watching this year.  Which, to be fair, is up from an aggregate of zero over the last two years.

Other baseball news: there IS no other baseball news today. 

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