Saturday, June 20, 2009

Dice-K Removed From Red Sox Rotation

posted by Jon Williams

It was obvious that eventually the Red Sox would have to make a change in their rotation. With John Smoltz healthy and ready to go and every other starter currently outperforming him, Daisuke Matsuzaka was the odd man out. This is from a Boston.com report on manager Terry Francona's afternoon press conference.
"We need to get him looked at physically," said Francona. "He's gonna get looked at by (Red Sox trainer) Tom Gill. He's going to get tests done. There's a potential for MRIs. All of that information will be coming very soon."
Terry Francona and the Red Sox seem to be blaming Dice-K's appearances in the World Baseball Classic for leaving him unprepared for the regular season. While he is currently only assured of missing one start I believe that the Red Sox intend to see his velocity returned to its former level and an improvement in his control before he will pitch in the major leagues again.

This also takes some of the heat off the Red Sox to trade one of their rotation starters. Brad Penny has been a competent starter for the Red Sox and should continue to be as long as he stays healthy. Unfortunately this will do nothing to release Clay Buchholz and Michael Bowden from their minor league purgatory.

Dice-K owners should thank their lucky stars that they won't be punished with his poor statistics for a while. I would not drop Matsuzaka if you have the ability to stash him in your reserves. Dice-K is a very talented pitcher and when he is "on" he is an asset to a fantasy team.

Alibris

Statistics Courtesy of FanGraphs.com
Season Team K/9 BB/9 HR/9 AVG WHIP BABIP LOB% FIP
1999 Lions (NPB) 7.55 4.35 0.70 0.196 1.17 0.236 82.20% 4.12
2000 Lions (NPB) 7.73 5.10 0.64 0.218 1.35 0.267 68.20% 4.18
2001 Lions (NPB) 8.01 4.38 1.01 0.214 1.25 0.253 75.60% 4.44
2002 Lions (NPB) 9.57 1.84 1.60 0.225 1.02 0.267 81.50% 4.28
2003 Lions (NPB) 9.97 2.92 0.60 0.232 1.18 0.314 75.90% 2.97
2004 Lions (NPB) 7.83 2.59 0.43 0.286 1.42 0.357 80.20% 3.07
2005 Lions (NPB) 9.46 2.05 0.54 0.221 1.03 0.295 78.90% 2.71
2006 Lions (NPB) 9.66 1.64 0.63 0.208 0.92 0.277 79.70% 2.56
2007 Red Sox 8.84 3.52 1.10 0.249 1.32 0.306 73.90% 4.23
2007 Red Sox 7.78 3.66 0.46 0.284 1.53 0.353 67.60% 3.54
2008 Red Sox (AAA) 9.00 1.80 0.00 0.221 1.00 0.305 60.00% 1.80
2008 Red Sox 8.27 5.05 0.64 0.213 1.32 0.267 80.60% 4.03
2008 Red Sox 9.00 5.06 1.69 0.274 1.63 0.325 82.60% 5.26
2009 Red Sox (AAA) 10.80 3.86 0.00 0.215 1.20 0.323 86.70% 2.34
2009 Red Sox 8.74 4.63 2.06 0.374 2.20 0.441 68.90% 5.72

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