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The Matsuzaka Effect

Posted By Cliff Corcoran On April 22, 2007 @ 4:43 pm In Bronx Banter | Comments Disabled

Daisuke Matsuzaka’s line over his first three starts:

20 IP, 17 H, 6 R, 1 HR, 5 BB, 24 K, 1.10 WHIP, 2.70 ERA, 1-2

The combined line of the opposing starting pitchers in Matsuzaka’s first three starts:

22 2/3 IP, 15 H, 3 R, 1 HR, 3 BB, 16 K, 0.79 WHIP, 0.79 ERA, 2-1

At first it seemed as though this trend was the result of Matsuzaka starting against two of the best young pitchers in the league [1], but last time out his opponent was Mr. Gustavo Chacin, who bosts a 5.32 ERA on the season inclusive of the game in which he outdueled Matsuzaka. Tonight, Matsuzaka starts against Chase Wright, who will be making just his second major league start and just his fourth career start above A-ball. Here’s hoping the Matsuzaka effect is for real.

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[1] two of the best young pitchers in the league: http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/si_blogs/baseball/fungoes_blog/2007/04/wild-card-rising-up-to-monster.html

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