Of course the odds were slim that a major league rookie would be able to live up to the predictions of a Cy Young Award in his first season/AL dominating ace/arm that makes MLB batters quiver in fear.

But Daisuke Matsuzaka isn’t your typical MLB rookie arm. He’s the Golden Arm, the person we (speaking collectively as the Red Sox) courted across the globe and in whom we invested millions upon millions upon millions of dollars. He’s the one who set scouts  a-tizzy with the body of work he’s already created.

I didn’t expect a Cy Young in the first season, but I expected something to demonstrate why we spent so much money on him. Something more than “Gyroball.”

Yesterday was supposed to be one of the games that people could sit back and enjoy. Games against Toronto are always fun because the level of competition is a bit higher than, say, Tampa Bay. But the Sox are expected to deliver, particularly when Dice-K is on the mound. This is the matchup you want as a fan (and, I expect, as one Theo Epstein).

Mike Lowell puts the gameplan into motion with his three-run blast in the first and, I admit, I felt confident and elected to watch “Field of Dreams” on television instead of the game. 3-1 and we’re living easy.

What happened? Dice-K. EIGHT RUNS in the sixth inning alone. Boston was able to pull out the win, but 13-10 against Toronto?

We’ve grown accustomed to Dice-K being Dice-K. Tough fourth innings. Difficulty pitching out of the stretch. Post-game press conferences where he takes full responsibility for his team’s losses (although Matsuzaka has become the new Wakefield when it comes to run support in most instances).

Why can’t we have some time to try a strong and winning Dice-K on for size, see how it suits us? As Nick Cardarfo points out in today’s Globe, “Matsuzaka is currently penciled in as Boston’s third starter, but whether it’s simply the major league season catching up to him, or just poor location of pitches against a very good Toronto lineup, the Sox need to figure out why he is no longer fooling anyone.”

Note to the Red Sox organization: this should be your top priority. Get to it, already.

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