Nation STATion: Nine to Know, Daniel Bard Edition

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Nation STATion: Nine to Know, Daniel Bard Edition

By Bill Chuck
Special to CSNNE.com

Daniel Bard has been inconsistent on the mound this season and his stats reflect that.

Take a look:

1. He is 1-4 with a mediocre 3.65 ERA but an outstanding WHIP of 1.014.

2. In the first month of the season he pitched 12.1 innings, had a 3.65 ERA, and was 0-3. This month he has pitched 12.1 innings, has a 3.65 ERA, and is 1-1. The difference is that in April, batters hit .256 against him and in May, they have hit .159.

3. Batters are only hitting .207 against him overall, although in an eighth-inning world where there is little margin for error, that still may be too high. He's up from .176 last season, when he was pretty much lights out.

4. He has, in essence, blown two saves, but has nine holds, and the Buchholz run he allowed Monday night was just the first of nine inherited runners he as allowed to score.

5. He has been dominant in front of the Fenway faithful, where he is 1-0 with a 1.32 ERA and a batting average against of .113. But on the road, he is 0-4 with a 6.55 ERA and a 3.02 BAA.

6. Hes dominated right-handed batters, holding them to a .162 batting average and a .532 OPS. Lefties have fared better against him, hitting .240 with a .763 OPS.

7. If there is any number to notice this year it has been in his proclivity to allow extra-base hits; 9.3 of all plate appearances have resulted in an extra-base hit, practically double last season's 4.8.

8. Of the 18 hits he's surrendered this season, 50 have gone for extra-bases: five doubles, one triple and three homers.

9. The only other number of any consequence is that fact that he is falling behind batters at a slightly greater pace this season only recording a strike on the first pitch 51 of the time as opposed to 58 last season.

Moreland, Travis homer to lead Red Sox past Northeastern 9-6 in opener

Moreland, Travis homer to lead Red Sox past Northeastern 9-6 in opener

Mitch Moreland and Sam Travis hit three-run homers and left-hander Brian Johnson started and pitched two scoreless innings to help the Red Sox win their spring training opener, 9-6, over Northeastern University on Thursday in Fort Myers, Fla.

Johnson, who made one spot start in his MLB debut with the Red Sox in 2015 but then was derailed by injuries and anxiety issues last season, struck out three and walked one Thursday. He's expected to start the season at Triple-A Pawtucket, where he went 5-6 with a 4.44 ERA in 15 starts in 2016.

Moreland, the left-handed hitting first baseman signed to a one-year deal after spending his first seven seasons with the Texas Rangers, and Travis, a right-handed hitting first base prospect coming back from knee surgery last season, each hit three-run homers in a six-run third inning.

Pablo Sandoval, attempting to reclaim the third-base job after missing nearly all of last season after surgery on his left shoulder, went 1-for-2 with a double. 

The Red Sox open Grapefruit League play Friday afternoon when they host the New York Mets at JetBlue Park. 

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.