The Red Sox’ Dice-K threw a good game against the Devil Rays last night. Still, at this point it the season, I find myself asking the question “Is there a reason for Boston to still have Matsuzaka-mania?
Yes, Matsuzaka’s ERA on the season is now 3.76 – which is very, very, good. But, when you look at how Matsuzaka has pitched against A.L. teams with post-season hopes, it paints a different story.
In the 66.2 IP (over 10 games) that Matsuzaka has thrown against the Yankees, Tigers, Indians and Mariners this season, his ERA is 4.86 – and that’s not as pretty as 3.76.
Could it be that Daisuke Matsuzaka has the stuff to beat bad teams but not enough stuff to beat the good ones? It will be interesting to see how Dice-K does in October this year, should Boston make it to the post-season (which they should).