Peter Abraham said today: "Watching Dice-K pitch is painful. He's not willing to throw strikes."I did post about that, back on August 10. Among the facts I passed along were, as of that point in the season, Matsuzaka has thrown a higher percentage of his pitches for strikes than every other Red Sox starting pitcher except Tim Wakefield. Matsuzaka also got ahead of batters 0-2 more often than any other Boston starter.
I thought I read somewhere on your site where dicek actually wasn't as bad as other pitchers on the sox staff (strikes/balls).
Looking through the comments to that post, I see that I sent the URL to Abraham (thinking he might want to cite it in a pre-game blog post) and he and I emailed back and forth a little bit. So Abraham is (or was, in August) aware of the facts -- yet he still insists that Matsuzaka is "not willing to throw strikes".
Here are the complete 2010 totals:
Percentage Of Pitches Thrown For Strikes:
PIT STR %Percentage Of 0-2 Counts
Wakefield 2150 1441 67.023
Lackey 3584 2264 63.170
Matsuzaka 2611 1645 63.003
Beckett 2166 1343 62.004
Buchholz 2798 1731 61.866
Lester 3356 2067 61.591
PA 0-2 %Don't you hate it when Matsuzaka goes to a 3-0 count on opposing batters? Well, in 2010, Lester did it more often.
Wakefield 610 164 26.885
Matsuzaka 664 169 25.452
Buchholz 711 168 23.629
Lester 861 195 22.648
Beckett 577 115 19.931
Lackey 930 205 19.631
PA 3-0 %(Note: While Lester issued 13 four-pitch walks and Matsuzaka handed out 12, Lester also faced almost 200 more batters. So, thumbs down to Dice for that.)
Lester 861 42 4.878
Matsuzaka 664 31 4.669
Lester led the staff with 30 three-pitch strikeouts, but Dice was a close second with 27. Wakefield had 23, Beckett had 18, and Lackey and Buchholz each had 13.
Clay Buchholz led the starters with the most pitches per batter:
PA PIT P/PA%I have no problem with Abraham writing "Watching Dice-K pitch is painful". That is his opinion, and on some nights, I wholeheartedly agree. However, when Abraham states "He's not willing to throw strikes", he does not have the facts on his side.
Buchholz 711 2798 3.935
Matsuzaka 664 2611 3.932
Lester 861 3356 3.898