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Fantasy Baseball: Evaluating Daisuke Matsuzaka

Published by on June 10, 2009
Article Source: Bleacher Report - MLB

Of all the players in 2009 that have fallen off the map, none has been under greater scrutiny than Daisuke Matsuzaka of the Boston Red Sox. While others like Jimmy Rollins and David Ortiz have had their numbers drastically slashed from lofty expectations, Matsuzaka’s decline is being blamed on factors external to the Red Sox. Namely, the World Baseball Classic.
 
Matsuzaka was throwing 75 pitches a game in the middle of March, and to do so he had to increase his workload and workout regimen early in the offseason. The result was a pitcher that was very effective, if not still wild, against sub-par competition during the early rounds. Matsuzaka came back down to Earth when the Japanese team came stateside, but he still t...

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