The Red Sox’s worst fears are being realized. Daisuke Matsuzaka, after pitching Japan to the World Baseball Classic championship, has come back not looking anything like the guy who finished fourth in last year’s Cy Young Award voting.
Matsuzaka labored against Tampa Bay last week, and much more tonight in Oakland, when he fired one 43-pitch inning (22 strikes) before having the ball taken away from him by manager Terry Francona. To be frank, Matsuzaka appeared to have nothing out there.
Out of the 43 pitches Matsuzaka pitched, only five were in the 90s. He topped out at 91.
Dice-K left the game with what was described as “arm fatigue”.
He gave up five hits, five runs and walked two, throwing 43 pitches. He walked two and struck out nobody, only getting two swings and misses.