Tazawa Slated for Tuesday Start

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Junichi Tazawa heads to the rotation Tuesday against Detroit: Boston's management has decided it's time for Junichi Tazawa to throw his hat into the ring as savior of the Red Sox starting rotation. Is he up to the challenge?

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Boston’s management has decided it’s time for Junichi Tazawa to throw his hat into the ring as savior of the Red Sox starting rotation.
While no one wants to go into preseason depth, AGAIN, this is just another in a set of signs that the team is running short on bullets. Let’s recap: Beckett and Lester are incredible. Wakefield and Daisuke are on the DL. Penny has doubters. Smoltz was DFA’d. Buchholz is inconsistent. Masterson was recently dealt.
That leaves Bowden, last of the preseason Big 9, and Tazawa, the (very) occasionally mentioned tenth option. In April, a Tazawa appearance looked like either a pipedream or apocalyptic nightmare, depending on which side of the Mass-NY border you called your home.
I’m cautiously optimistic. He has thus far avoided the command problems that have taxed Japanese imports, sporting a 2.39 BB/9 in double-A paired with an 8.08 K/9 and 2.57 ERA (3.35 FIP ERA). However, he has only thrown 110 innings this side of the Pacific.
Still, he possesses excellent talent, a good fastball and splitter, and now, the opportunity to show it off.
If the Sox can get a reliable number 5 starter out of Tazawa, chalk it up as a victory. They don’t need an ace, they need an innings eater. If he’s anything more, its just icing on the cake.

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4 Responses to “Tazawa Slated for Tuesday Start” Subscribe

  1. Shane August 10, 2009 at 11:00 AM #

    I hope this is only a spot start. I don't want the team to turn him into Dontrelle Willis.

  2. Kurt August 10, 2009 at 3:49 PM #

    Why isn't Bowden getting the start? I really don't understand why he hasn't been called up yet. He isn't dominating at triple a but he's been more than serviceable.

  3. Bob August 10, 2009 at 4:07 PM #

    I actually like them putting him out there, he's got great command and the Strikeout numbers portend that he'll be a solid pitcher. 1 or 2 starts at the end of a season won't hurt him, he seems to be pretty tough mentally. In any case, it's not like the Tigers have the best lineup

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