Nation Station: The Dice-K 100

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Nation Station: The Dice-K 100

By Bill Chuck
Special to CSNNE.com

Last night was Matsuzaka's 100th career start for the Sox. Here are some numbers to ponder:

1. He is 46-29 for his career. He is 23-16 at home and 23-13 on the road. In his 46 wins he has an ERA of 2.47. In his 29 losses, he has an ERA of 7.39. In his 25 no-decisions, he has an ERA of 4.82.

2. In 592.1 innings pitched he has surrendered 551 hits, walked 283 batters, struck out 546, has a batting average against of .240, a WHIP of 1.41 and an ERA of 4.28.

3. He averages 17.2 torturous pitches per inning and 102.5 pitches per start. He has one career complete game.

4. He has given up 63 homers, 131 doubles and 6 triples in his career.

5. He has had 46 games in which he has given five or fewer runs and 24 games giving up five or more. He has had eight games in which he has given up seven or more runs.

6. When he has 0-2 runs support, he has a 6-12 record; 3-5 runs support, he has a 15-16 record; and when he has six or more runs support, he is 25-1.

7. Leadoff batters of an inning are hitting .270 against him with a .365 OBP, and a .774 OPS.

8. He has held batters to a .221 batting average when there are runners in scoring position and RISP w2 outs, they are hitting only .180 against him.

9. He has a 21-11 record against teams with less than a .500 record with a 4.20 ERA. He is 25-18 against teams over .500 with a 4.34 ERA.

Pedro Martinez talks about one of the greatest games he's ever pitched

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Pedro Martinez talks about one of the greatest games he's ever pitched

CSN baseball analyst Lou Merloni sits down with Pedro Martinez and Red Sox hitting coach Chili Davis to discuss one of Pedro's greatest games. 

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On September 10, 1999 at the height of the Red Sox/Yankees rivalry, Pedro Martinez struck out 17 Yankees in a complete game victory, with the only hit he allowed being a home run to Chili Davis. The two men recall that memorable night in the Bronx, and discuss the state of pitching in 2017.

MLB players' union agrees to pitchless intentional walks

MLB players' union agrees to pitchless intentional walks

NEW YORK - There won't be any wild pitches on intentional walks this season.

The players' association has agreed to Major League Baseball's proposal to have intentional walks without pitches this year.

"It doesn't seem like that big of a deal. I know they're trying to cut out some of the fat. I'm OK with that," Cleveland manager Terry Francona said.

While the union has resisted many of MLB's proposed innovations, such as raising the bottom of the strike zone, installing pitch clocks and limiting trips to the mound, players are willing to accept the intentional walk change.

"As part of a broader discussion with other moving pieces, the answer is yes," union head Tony Clark wrote Wednesday in an email to The Associated Press. "There are details, as part of that discussion, that are still being worked through, however."

The union's decision was first reported by ESPN .

"I'm OK with it. You signal. I don't think that's a big deal," Yankees manager Joe Girardi said. "For the most part, it's not changing the strategy, it's just kind of speeding things up. I'm good with it."

There were 932 intentional walks last year, including 600 in the National League, where batters are walked to bring the pitcher's slot to the plate.

"You don't want to get your pitcher out of a rhythm, and when you do the intentional walk, I think you can take a pitcher out of his rhythm," Girardi said. "I've often wondered why you don't bring in your shortstop and the pitcher stand at short. Let the shortstop walk him. They're used to playing catch more like that than a pitcher is."

Agreement with the union is required for playing rules changes unless MLB gives one year advance notice, in which case it can unilaterally make alterations. Baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred expressed hope Tuesday that ongoing talks would lead to an agreement on other changes but also said clubs would reserve the right to act unilaterally, consistent with the rule-change provision of the sport's labor contract.

Some changes with video review can be made unilaterally, such as shortening the time to make a challenge.

"I know they were thinking about putting in a 30-second (limit) for managers to make a decision," Francona said. "I actually wish they would. I think it would hustle it up and if we can't tell in 30 seconds, maybe we shouldn't be doing it anyway."