4/6: Dice-K, stopper? Let’s hope so

Boston Red Sox (0-4) @ Cleveland Indians (2-2)
Daisuke Matsuzaka (0-0, -.–) @ Mitch Talbot (0-0, -.–)
7:05 PM EDT | Progressive Field (Cleveland, Ohio)

Felix Doubront, left elbow inflammation (placed on 15-day DL 3/31, retroactive to 3/22)
Cleveland: Jason Donald, fractured left index finger (placed on 15-day DL 3/30, retroactive to 3/22); Grady Sizemore, left knee surgery (placed on 15-day DL 3/30, retroactive to 3/29); Joe Smith, abdominal strain (placed on 15-day DL 3/30, retroactive to 3/22)

Daisuke Matsuzaka tries to do tonight what ever other Red Sox pitcher has failed to do so far, pitch the team to a win. Suddenly, I feel very depressed. If there is one encouraging thing though, it is Dice-K’s career numbers against the Tribe. He has made five career starts against them and has averaged about 7 innings per start against them and just less than two runs allowed and maybe most encouraging is he has averaged two walks per start. Last year, especially he dominated the Indians. In both starts against them, he went 8 innings allowing one run total. Dice-K as a stopper? Stranger things have happened. The lineup stays the same as last night, except that the Jason Varitek is getting his first start of the season in the place of Jarrod Saltalamacchia.

Crawford LF
Pedroia 2B
Gonzalez 1B
Youkilis 3B
Ortiz DH
Drew RF
Varitek C
Scutaro SS

Brantley CF
A. Cabrera SS
Choo RF
Santana C
Hafner DH
O. Cabrera 2B
Buck LF
LaPorta 1B
Hannahan 3B

Today is the 40th birthday of everyone’s favorite Pawtucket-to-Boston traveler, Lou Merloni.  A local guy through and through, Merloni was born in Framingham, attended Providence College, and spent parts of six seasons with the Red Sox, and now resides on the WEEI mid-day show, “Mut and Merloni”.

To quote the birthday boy, last night he tweeted “Nobody should panic, but it doesn’t mean what we are watching is OK!!  There’s a big difference.”  Couldn’t have said it better myself, Lou.

Categories: Boston Red Sox Cleveland Indians Daisuke Matsuzaka Game Threads Lou Merloni Mitch Talbot

Justine survived four years of college in New York and is now happy to be back in New England. Her introduction to baseball occured at a countless number of Pawtucket Red Sox games in the early to mid-90′s cheering on the likes of Matt Stairs, Eric Wedge and a certain hot-shot shortstop prospect in 1996.

5 Responses to “4/6: Dice-K, stopper? Let’s hope so” Subscribe

  1. Lyndsay April 6, 2011 at 4:15 PM #

    Think you left Jacoby off your Sox lineup card – there are only 8 players listed, and apparently no one playing CF tonight.

  2. Justine DeCotis April 6, 2011 at 5:20 PM #

    Beckett last night 5ip 5h 3r 3er 4bb 4k 106 pitches

    Dice k so far tonight 5ip 6h 3r 3er 3bb 2k 96 pitches 

  3. Justine DeCotis April 6, 2011 at 5:46 PM #

    This is ridiculous I'm ready to turn off the tv which I never ever do

  4. Justine DeCotis April 6, 2011 at 6:06 PM #

    The tv will stay on at least another inning…thank you Adrian