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April 11, 2007
BASEBALL: Early Yet

But in his matchup with Dice Matsuzaka, Felix Hernandez has thrown five innings against the Red Sox. And the Red Sox do not have a hit.

I should add that he has also not allowed a run, unlike Oliver Perez who left tonight's game having allowed three runs on one hit - and 7 walks.

UPDATE: Seeing as how I have King Felix on all three of my fantasy teams, I'm not exactly excited by the possibility of him trying to throw a complete game on a cold night in April in Boston. Then again, he is pitching on 8 days' rest due to the snowstorms in Cleveland. But say this much, Matsuzaka's first two starts have produiced plenty of drama in the matchups.

UPDATE: Six innings. Cerrone must be envious. Somewhere, Bob Murphy is too.

UPDATE: Felix gets Youkilis, Ortiz and Manny up next in the seventh. This is the big test.

UPDATE: He gets Ortiz and Manny. Wow. Felix has thrown 85 pitches, so he should at least go 8.

UPDATE: JD Drew breaks it up to lead off the 8th.

UPDATE: Hernandez finishes with a 1-hit shutout, throwing 111 pitches and finishing by striking out Youkilis with Ortiz on deck.

Posted by Baseball Crank at 8:36 PM | Baseball 2007 | Comments (9) | TrackBack (0)
Comments

there should really be a national warning system whenever no hitters are in progress on cable. something like the sirens that go off in the midwest when theres a tornado. or really, espn should cut into whatever they are showing and show any game that has a no hitter going.

i got lucky, my dad called me, i was watchin fnl, but now i'll get to see innings 8 and 9.

Posted by: at at April 11, 2007 9:13 PM

yes, i'll take full credit for that jinx.

Posted by: at at April 11, 2007 9:14 PM

Don't like the 111 pitches. Don't like it at all. Not in April, especially. Wasn't he injured last year?

(Can we say "Mark Prior"? "Kerry Wood"? Managers: Learn your lesson!)

Posted by: Mike at April 11, 2007 11:44 PM

I don't think he was hurt, may have been tired at some point, which is normal for such a young pitcher.

I'd be more concerned about the 111 pitches if he wasn't throwing on 8 days' rest. He should be kept on a shorter leash in his next start as a precaution.

Posted by: The Crank at April 11, 2007 11:56 PM

I agree about the pitch count, but how do you take out a young rising star like that when he is throwing a no-hitter? Especially since baseball changed the rules to not recognize multi-pitcher no-hitters.

Posted by: maddirishman at April 12, 2007 9:33 AM

Just wow - not that I don't think Dice-K has that kind of ability as well, but that was a definite coming out party for a future star in this league. I hope Seattle gets wise and locks the kid up while they can still afford him. Bleh - today the Sawx better give Wakefield some support for a change.

Posted by: rhodeymark at April 12, 2007 10:11 AM

That was totally nasty. The Sox hit 3 balls to the outfield and only hit two balls hard. Drew's hit, had it been 1 foot farther to 1B would have been an out. No one else even came close to a hit. That was domination.

Posted by: jim at April 12, 2007 11:28 AM

It is interesting. The day before Beckett turned in an excellent performance, including punching out Ichiro three times, and no one noticed because they were too busy anticipating Ichiro versus Daisuke.

Posted by: Jim Linnane at April 12, 2007 4:03 PM

Maybe the Mets should consider pitching Perez only on the road. He has a major problem if he can't get a good performance next time in Shea. The crowd will eat him alive.

Posted by: joated at April 12, 2007 5:17 PM
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