Stingy Dice: Sox-M’s Gamer VIII

Daisuke Matsuzaka looks to improve upon his major-league best winning percentage on the mound against R.A. Dickey and the Mariners. Boston has scored a total of three runs in his last two outings. The good thing is that he didn’t give up any. Comment away.

J. Ellsbury lf .262
D. Pedroia 2b .320
J.D. Drew rf .290
M. Ramirez dh .301
M. Lowell 3b .282
K. Youkilis 1b .314
J. Lowrie ss .298
J. Varitek c .218
C. Crisp cf .255
D. Matsuzaka 2.65
I. Suzuki rf .301
J. Lopez 2b .297
R. Ibanez lf .278
J. Vidro dh .222
A. Beltre 3b .264
J. Reed cf .256
J. Clement c .172
B. LaHair 1b .000
Y. Betancourt ss .265
R.A. Dickey 3.73
113 comments… add one
  • The Mets/Mariners game I went to earlier this year at Shea featured RA Dickey, who appeared, from close range, to suck. He was extremely fortunate that about seven laser beams were hit right at his fielders or just barely foul. He was utterly unimpressive, even as he spun a run-barren win. Then again, it was the Mets. The Sox need to atomic wedgie this guy.

    SF July 22, 2008, 10:04 pm
  • Hey, a knuckler not named Wakefield!

    Atheose July 22, 2008, 10:11 pm
  • He was utterly unimpressive, even as he spun a run-barren win.
    This is the type of pitcher the Sox always do poorly against. We NEED this win though, especially with Buchholz vs Felix tomorrow.

    Atheose July 22, 2008, 10:13 pm

    Atheose July 22, 2008, 10:14 pm
  • Good start from J.D.!
    Dice in his last four starts: 23.1 innings, 14 hits, 1 run — and 16 walks. Crazy.

    Paul SF July 22, 2008, 10:15 pm
  • Hey, as long as Dice is pitching out of those jams I don’t mind him walking 6 per 9ip. Maybe he pitches better from the stretch? He’s done it long enough that he deserves the benefit of the doubt.

    Atheose July 22, 2008, 10:18 pm
  • Hey, as long as Dice is pitching out of those jams I don’t mind him walking 6 per 9ip.
    I do. If he is better from the stretch then maybe he should just pitch from the stretch. I doubt that is a reasonable explanation. Perhaps he’s been, uh, lucky.
    Sox strand two. One run is a lead, but more would have been nice.

    SF July 22, 2008, 10:20 pm
  • Ibanez laces a two-out single to left.

    SF July 22, 2008, 10:27 pm
  • Perhaps he’s been, uh, lucky.
    Shhhh, if you mention that three times the luck will go away! It’s obviously all skill on Daisuke’s part.

    Atheose July 22, 2008, 10:27 pm
  • Nice pitch to catch Vidro looking. 1-0 Sox at the end of one.

    SF July 22, 2008, 10:28 pm
  • Daisuke K’s 2, uses 13 pitches that inning.

    Atheose July 22, 2008, 10:30 pm
  • Jed singles to lead it off.

    SF July 22, 2008, 10:32 pm
  • Tek bloops one about 135 feet, placed perfectly over third. 1/2, none out.

    SF July 22, 2008, 10:33 pm
  • Coco bunts them over, one down.

    SF July 22, 2008, 10:35 pm
  • Coco bunts the runners over. At least Ellsbury’s groundout will get an RBI now.

    Atheose July 22, 2008, 10:35 pm
  • Great job Jacoby.
    Swings at first pitch and hits a shallow fly to left, two down and no runs in.

    SF July 22, 2008, 10:36 pm
  • Not a very deep-hit ball, runners don’t advance.
    Help us out Pedroia!

    Atheose July 22, 2008, 10:36 pm
  • Ooooooooouch, catcher slices his hand open in the wire netting behind home plate.

    Atheose July 22, 2008, 10:38 pm
  • Pedro walks, sacks full.

    SF July 22, 2008, 10:41 pm
  • Bah, JD misses a cookie. Three more left on base.
    I have about an inning left in me, if I am lucky…

    SF July 22, 2008, 10:42 pm
  • Quick first out there, Lowrie to Youk.

    SF July 22, 2008, 10:45 pm
  • Jeremy Reed reminds me of Psycho Lyons.

    SF July 22, 2008, 10:46 pm
  • Reed Ks on high heat, 93 according to the gun. Two down.

    SF July 22, 2008, 10:47 pm
  • And another K ends the inning. Strong work again.
    LOB time!

    SF July 22, 2008, 10:49 pm
  • Two innings without a walk? Something’s rotten in the state of Washington.

    Atheose July 22, 2008, 10:49 pm
  • Manny hits one about 8 feet short of the wall in left center, another well-hit ball.

    SF July 22, 2008, 10:51 pm
  • Aflac Question: “How many ballparks are located adjacent to I-90?”
    I guess 4: Seattle, Minnesota, Cleveland and Boston.

    Atheose July 22, 2008, 10:51 pm
  • Lowell pops to second.

    SF July 22, 2008, 10:52 pm
  • Youk grounds to short, Dickey threw maybe 8 pitches that inning. Early blown chances going to haunt the Sox tonight?

    SF July 22, 2008, 10:53 pm
  • LaHair totally fooled on the 2-2, Dice drops in a change (?) for the backwards K.

    SF July 22, 2008, 10:56 pm
  • And a first pitch hack results in Betancourt popping to Lowrie. Two down.

    SF July 22, 2008, 10:57 pm
  • A quick look at the map shows me I’m wrong: the Mariners, Brewers, Cubs, WhiteSox, Indians and Red Sox.

    Atheose July 22, 2008, 10:58 pm
  • Now Dice nowhere near the plate with Ichiro, goes to 3-0 before a strike. The 3-1 pitch is high and Ichiro walks. Poor pitching there. After being all over the plate nearly every single at-bat, Dice looked spooked by Suzuki frankly.

    SF July 22, 2008, 10:59 pm
  • Deep fly on the first pitch to Coco ends the inning. 1-0 Sox thru three. I’ve got one more in me, I think. And it should be a quick one, since Tek, Crisp, and potentially Jacoby coming up!

    SF July 22, 2008, 11:00 pm
  • 36 pitches through three innings? Who is this imposter?

    I'mBillMcNeal July 22, 2008, 11:00 pm
  • Daisuke at 36 pitches after 3. Taking a page out of Lester’s (2007 version) book!

    Atheose July 22, 2008, 11:01 pm
  • Lowrie hits a hard shot the opposite way deep, but Ibanez hot-dogs it in near the wall. Tough out for Jed.

    SF July 22, 2008, 11:03 pm
  • Joe C says Clement lost the fingernail on his thumb.

    I'mBillMcNeal July 22, 2008, 11:03 pm
  • Tek hits a weak pop to second. He still looks awful, last night’s dinger was clearly a fluke.

    SF July 22, 2008, 11:04 pm
  • Perhaps he should have said thumbnail?

    I'mBillMcNeal July 22, 2008, 11:04 pm
  • Another great inning from the Sox’ bats.
    Pathetic stuff we’re seeing as of late. Papi can’t come back soon enough. Get him on a plane, for f*ck’s sake.

    SF July 22, 2008, 11:05 pm
  • They’ve got Dickey on the ropes, pitch count-wise, and then go down on eight pitches.

    I'mBillMcNeal July 22, 2008, 11:05 pm
  • SF, they’re in Seattle. Why the hell not just bring Papi back for this series?

    I'mBillMcNeal July 22, 2008, 11:06 pm
  • And, we start the fifth with one out, too!

    SF July 22, 2008, 11:06 pm
  • Dice looked spooked by Suzuki frankly.
    Well they do have a history, not to mention the Japanese media hyping the match-up.

    Atheose July 22, 2008, 11:07 pm
  • I haven’t read a good article explaining why Papi wasn’t able to rejoin the team after his Pawtucket rehab stint. I’ll look around. It’s not like they can’t use him. Doctor’s orders?
    Just imagine if Manny extended a rehab stint after tearing it up for a few games by going to AA. The local scribes would be all over him.

    SF July 22, 2008, 11:08 pm
  • Daisuke issues a 4-pitch walk. It’s like he suddenly realized “Hey, I’m being economical with my pitch count. I need to walk some more people to make sure I don’t get through the 7th!”

    Atheose July 22, 2008, 11:09 pm
  • Four pitch walk. He’s baaaack.

    SF July 22, 2008, 11:09 pm
  • Daisuke struggling this inning, on the verge of walking his second straight.

    SF July 22, 2008, 11:11 pm
  • Now the base hit with the runner going. Yucketyyuck.

    Paul SF July 22, 2008, 11:12 pm
  • Just imagine if Manny extended a rehab stint after tearing it up for a few games by going to AA. The local scribes would be all over him
    That’s a VERY good point. We sure as hell could have used him during the LAA series.

    Atheose July 22, 2008, 11:12 pm
  • And there’s a single. The dead bats are just putting too much pressure on Matsuzaka. He can’t be perfect every inning. We are filling our lineup with three guys who simply cannot get on base, almost ever. Bad formula.

    SF July 22, 2008, 11:12 pm
  • The only logial reason would be that Papi has been out for about 6 weeks, he’s not in game shape and hasn’t seen live pitching in awhile. But it’s freakin’ Seattle.

    Meanwhile, Bad Dice-K emerges.

    I'mBillMcNeal July 22, 2008, 11:12 pm
  • And the DP. Awesome. Runner on third, 2 down.

    Paul SF July 22, 2008, 11:13 pm
  • Nice DP turned by Dusty, Jed. Two down, man at third.

    SF July 22, 2008, 11:13 pm
  • Nice footwork from Lowrie.

    SF July 22, 2008, 11:13 pm
  • Three outs on two pitches for Daisuke. Not a bad recovery that inning.

    Paul SF July 22, 2008, 11:13 pm
  • And a first pitch grounder gobbled up by Lowell. Escape!

    SF July 22, 2008, 11:13 pm
  • But a double-play and then a first-pitch out to Reed and, hey, we’re back in business.

    I'mBillMcNeal July 22, 2008, 11:13 pm
  • Ok, enjoy the game everyone, I am hitting the hay. Go Sox!

    SF July 22, 2008, 11:14 pm
  • Hey, Ellsbury finally got on base!

    Atheose July 22, 2008, 11:16 pm
  • OOOO, ugly night in Queens.
    Santana goes 8, leaves leading 6-2. The pen gives up six in the 9th and Philly wins, 8-6.

    I'mBillMcNeal July 22, 2008, 11:16 pm
  • Sorry, Santana left leading, 5-1. Mets scored one in the bottom of the 9th.

    I'mBillMcNeal July 22, 2008, 11:17 pm
  • PEDROIA! See what happens when you get on base Ellsbury? Now DO IT MORE FUCKING OFTEN.

    Atheose July 22, 2008, 11:18 pm
  • Big single for Pedro. Runners on the corners, none out for JD.

    I'mBillMcNeal July 22, 2008, 11:18 pm
  • Bill, it was 5-2 when he left ;-)

    Atheose July 22, 2008, 11:18 pm
  • Drew with the sc fly. Woooooooot!

    Atheose July 22, 2008, 11:19 pm
  • Sac fly for JD. Joe C had home run excitement in his voice off the bat but quickly tempered.

    I'mBillMcNeal July 22, 2008, 11:20 pm
  • Manny with another base hit!

    Atheose July 22, 2008, 11:20 pm
  • Facts, schmacts, ath.

    I'mBillMcNeal July 22, 2008, 11:21 pm
  • I get a Mulligna, anyway, Ath. I should be on the DL with some sort of virus.

    I'mBillMcNeal July 22, 2008, 11:22 pm
  • That should be “Mulligan.” See what I mean?

    I'mBillMcNeal July 22, 2008, 11:23 pm
  • Mikey doubles in a run; runners on the corners for The Hot One.

    I'mBillMcNeal July 22, 2008, 11:24 pm
  • There have been several times where I wished there was a DL for real life.
    Lowell doubles, 3-0 Sox. Two RISP for Youk.

    Atheose July 22, 2008, 11:24 pm
  • “There have been several times where I wished there was a DL for real life.”
    Amen, brother.

    I'mBillMcNeal July 22, 2008, 11:25 pm
  • Anybody see the fight in the WNBA? The male coach came in and punched one of his players, at least that’s what it looked like at first glance. I didn’t get to see it a second time.

    Atheose July 22, 2008, 11:26 pm
  • (Channeling a 1960s’era Disney movie here.)
    Please, Tek.
    I know there’s life in that bat.
    I just know there is.

    I'mBillMcNeal July 22, 2008, 11:28 pm
  • Those of you dismayed and disgusted by the current state of the newspaper industry would enjoy Rick Morrisey’s column in the Sunday Chicago Tribune.,0,5534984.column
    If it doesn’t make sense, understand that one of the names NOT mentioned is Sam Zell.

    I'mBillMcNeal July 22, 2008, 11:30 pm
  • Amen, brother.
    There was a time last year when I was working 40 hours a week, taking 18 credits of class and starting up my own website development company. The Friday before final exams my girlfriend’s mother was diagnosed with colon cancer (she was already a breast cancer survivor). I was already working that weekend to makeup for the time I would miss while taking my exams, so I had to take the weekend off (to be with my girlfriend) and work from 6am to 6:30pm for three days that week before taking my final exams.
    It would have been AWESOME to have somebody step in, say “Sorry he’s unfit to do anything productive this week” and put me on the 15-day DL.

    Atheose July 22, 2008, 11:32 pm
  • You’re a good man for making that sacrifice for your GF.

    I'mBillMcNeal July 22, 2008, 11:35 pm
  • Pedroia is going to win a Gold Glove one of these days, even though Gold Gloves are no-good damn dirty liars.

    Atheose July 22, 2008, 11:37 pm
  • Pedroia is going to win a Gold Glove one of these days, even though Gold Gloves are no-good damn dirty liars.

    Atheose July 22, 2008, 11:38 pm
  • Sorry for the double post. That’s how much Pedroia deserves one!
    If you’re ever in that position Bill (Tom Cruise forbid) you’d do the same. It’s one of those times where actions, not well wishes, are absolutely necessary.

    Atheose July 22, 2008, 11:40 pm
  • Another lead-off walk. Ugh.

    Atheose July 22, 2008, 11:46 pm
  • You’re absolutely right. It is necessary. One of the big regrets of my lieft was about four years ago when my mother in law was on her last days with cancer. I was very, very busy at work (we’re way out in the far western Chciago suburbs) and didn’t go see her at Northwestern Memorial. It took me a long time to let myself off the hook for that decision. And I did. I make up for it in other ways.

    I'mBillMcNeal July 22, 2008, 11:47 pm
  • Just realized the game is on a Comcast InDemand free preview. But it’s not HD.

    I'mBillMcNeal July 22, 2008, 11:48 pm
  • Dice now has what must be a major-league worst 5.76 BB/9.
    Easily takes the crown for luckiest pitcher in the major leagues.

    AndrewYF July 22, 2008, 11:55 pm
  • Yeah Bill, it’s never an easy situation. I was lucky to have a job where I could juggle my hours to make things work–if I didn’t I don’t know what would have happened.
    Daisuke gets out of trouble again, 82 pitches after 6.

    Atheose July 22, 2008, 11:56 pm
  • Every Sox player has a hit except Youk and Coco, though the former has a walk and the latter has a sac-bunt.

    Atheose July 22, 2008, 11:59 pm
  • Speaking of work, I have to wake up in 5 hours. Good night gentlemen.

    Atheose July 22, 2008, 11:59 pm
  • Adios, Ath.
    i’m off to bed soon, too.

    I'mBillMcNeal July 23, 2008, 12:00 am
  • I figured the trolls would be here sooner.

    I'mBillMcNeal July 23, 2008, 12:01 am
  • Of course, Sidney Ponson doesn’t qualify as lucky. God forbid.

    I'mBillMcNeal July 23, 2008, 12:03 am
  • No luck for his performance tonight, Andrew. Five baserunners in six innings is more likely than not going to lead to very few runs.

    Paul SF July 23, 2008, 12:05 am
  • Eight-pitch seventh for Daisuke. Only 90 pitches, so I imagine he’ll be in there for the eighth. Apparently the starters have decided the only way they can get wins is to keep the pen out of it altogether, or at least the middle relievers.

    Paul SF July 23, 2008, 12:14 am
  • At any rate, I might agree about Matsuzaka being the luckiest pitcher if Mike Mussina weren’t sitting there with 12 wins despite an ERA a full run worse than Matsuzaka’s… Or Andy Pettitte with 11 wins, despite an ERA nearly two runs worse than Matsuzaka’s…

    Paul SF July 23, 2008, 12:25 am
  • There goes the shutout. 24.2 consecutive scoreless innings. And now 4-2. Looks like we might need Papelbon in now.

    Paul SF July 23, 2008, 12:29 am
  • Nice, Oki. Two straight outs, though with a scary-ish full count.

    Devine July 23, 2008, 12:37 am
  • That series with the Angels was bad, man. The first game was like an appetizer of pain before the 2 crotch-punchings that followed. Late innings going wrong. It’s enough to make you spooked in this game here. Score, people!

    Devine July 23, 2008, 12:40 am
  • I wonder if Oki’s figured out his splitter – no runs, inherited or otherwise, have scored off him in his last six appearances now. Still been allowing some baserunners, though.

    Paul SF July 23, 2008, 12:41 am
  • Long out…emphasis on “out”.

    Devine July 23, 2008, 12:55 am
  • Paps on, gets the first out on one very hard hit ball. Let’s try missing the bat a little better, Paps.

    Paul SF July 23, 2008, 12:55 am
  • 1-2. Now throw the splitter.
    Nope, 2-2.

    Devine July 23, 2008, 12:56 am
  • Little bit heart-attacky there between Crisp and Ellsbury, but still…out.

    Devine July 23, 2008, 12:58 am
  • Ahhhh there we go. Nice to get a couple wins back… Only half-game back of the Rays!

    Paul SF July 23, 2008, 12:59 am
  • Grounder to 3rd. Done. Cool. Not optimistic about tomorrow’s matchup, but hey, ya never know.

    Devine July 23, 2008, 12:59 am
  • Are you kidding me? You’re really using WINS as an example of luck?
    By all standards, Dice-K is performing worse than last season. The only thing better is his homerun rate (he’s cut it in half, and unless he’s just started throwing a sinker, or has remarkable control [hint: this isn’t the answer], he’s just getting extremely, extremely lucky, especially given his flyball tendencies), and BABIP. His line-drive rate is up, his GB/FB ratio is more towards the FB, his walks are way up, and his strikeouts are down. His FIP is 3.98.
    Luckiest. Seasonal. Pitching. Performance. Ever.

    AndrewYF July 23, 2008, 8:00 am
  • hey Andrew – better lucky than good sometimes! :)

    dw (sf) July 23, 2008, 9:06 am
  • Wins AND ERA.
    Hey, no doubt he makes us wince, but he’s been wiggling his way out of jams all season. He throws a lot of pitches and guys get on but they don’t score.
    Just because there’s no sabermetric formula to explain it doesn’t justify calling it luck. Try a little harder.

    I'mBillMcNeal July 23, 2008, 2:11 pm
  • There’s no sabermetric formula to explain it. That’s why it’s called luck. Unless you want to tell me Matsuzaka somehow turns supersayan whenever he lets men on base, I’ll stick with the actually reasonable analysis that he is getting extremely lucky this season.

    AndrewYF July 23, 2008, 2:16 pm
  • Wins, ERA and hits. Granted walks aren’t much better than a hit, but I’ll take a walk over a hit any day.

    Atheose July 23, 2008, 2:22 pm
  • Daisuke’s opposing stats:
    Bases empty: .198 .328 .297 (229 PA)
    RISP: .179 .313 .269 (98 PA)
    Those aren’t small sample sizes.

    Atheose July 23, 2008, 2:27 pm
  • The problem is, he’s not getting nearly enough strikeouts to offset the men he lets on base via the walk. So, he relies a lot on balls in play – the majority of which are flyballs, and a fair few are line drives. Very, very few of those flyballs go for homeruns. It has been shown that a pitcher cannot control this. That, at least, is pure luck.

    AndrewYF July 23, 2008, 5:29 pm

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