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Dice-K has allowed two hits in his last 15 innings of work

Apr 24, 2011, 8:53 AM EDT

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For Red Sox starter Daisuke Matsuzaka, the 2011 regular season has already been a roller coaster ride.

Dice-K allowed six hits, three walks and three earned runs over five innings in his first start of the year against the Indians. He lasted only two frames next time out against the Rays, surrendering seven earned runs in a messy 16-5 loss.

There was talk after those first two starts that the Red Sox might replace Matsuzaka in their starting rotation temporarily — or permanently.

Oh, how times have changed.

The 30-year-old Tokyo native shut out the Angels over eight impressive innings on Saturday night in Anaheim and has given up just two hits, zero runs and four walks in his last 15 innings of work.

To say that Matsuzaka has figured it all out would be a bit of an overreaction, but he’s clearly doing something right. And with that batting lineup, all Boston really needs is for him to eat some innings this year.

  1. beantownsports247 - Apr 24, 2011 at 10:36 AM

    Dice-K , my apologizes , you have made me eat my own words , the whole pitching staff is on fire , Crawfords coming around , things are looking up in a serious way 7 out of the last 8 .

    • wickedworld123 - Apr 24, 2011 at 2:57 PM

      Yeah, who would’ve thought things might change after a bad 10 game stretch…

      • Ari Collins - Apr 24, 2011 at 10:16 PM

        Oh, come on. It was a bad TWELVE game stretch. Surely THAT is a big enough sample!! Heh.

  2. rollinghighwayblues - Apr 24, 2011 at 12:37 PM

    You would’ve thought Dice K was throwing 98mph last night the way he was challenging the Angel hitters with his fastball in all counts last night. It was a mere 90-91mph the last half of the game but the Angels certainly seemed like they didn’t want any part of it. His off speed was also a plus for him, especially the sliders he threw to Trumbow. I sure hope he can keep this streak alive.

  3. cur68 - Apr 24, 2011 at 3:06 PM

    Looks to me like he’s stopped tipping his pitches and disguising his low 90’s fastball better. He’s getting it low and hitting the corners with it. Makes it look like an off speeder by bouncing one or two per inning as well. Looks like someone’s pointed out that everybody knows what he’s gonna try to do so he’s now doing the opposite. He’s stopped trying to be a power pitcher and turned into a junk baller. If Ollie Perez had made these adjustments he’d have a job right now.

  4. king3319 - Apr 24, 2011 at 4:53 PM

    Even though I’m a Yankee fan, and enjoying the early slump of the sox, every baseball fan knows Boston is WAY too good not to break out of it. Like I said even being a Yankee fan I’m glad the sox are playin better it makes the AL east what it should be… The best division in baseball!!!

    • derpdederpdederp - Apr 25, 2011 at 12:51 AM

      a yankees fan being reasonable and non-confrontational on a red sox post? if i didnt see it for myself i never wouldve believed it

  5. j0esixpack - Apr 24, 2011 at 10:24 PM

    King3319’s respect for the Sox might be a sign of the apocalypse but he’s right. Meanwhile Sox fans have learned from watching the Yanks not to worry about the standings in April. Crazy times

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