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Daisuke Matsuzaka is in the best shape of his life

Mar 1, 2011, 9:11 AM EDT

Daisuke Matsuzaka

Maureen Mullen of CSN New England reports!

“In the past two years the condition, the overall condition was not excellent and was not to the point where I needed to be,” Matsuzaka said through interpreter Kenta Yamada. “So this year my goal will be to [in] better shape and be on the mound throughout the whole year during the regular season.

Now, if only having one’s overall condition be excellent also solved nibbling at the corners and taking a year between each pitch, I’d actually watch a Red Sox game he starts on occasion.

  1. uyf1950 - Mar 1, 2011 at 9:27 AM

    Not to repeat the quote in the piece but shouldn’t that have been his goal every year. Aside from that I’m going to assume that not many reports there speak Japanese. So how can anyone be sure that’s what he said and the translator didn’t make that part up as an excuse for his prior bad performances. Then there is always that outside possibility that he hopes to pull a Beckett and get an extension before he totally goes in the tank and his contract runs out.

  2. BC - Mar 1, 2011 at 9:48 AM

    If he could actually average more than 5 innings a start that would be useful.
    Why do I think this guy is shot? I mean, he was throwing 200 pitches a game in Japan at times. Might have just emptied the gas tank. He isn’t throwing near as hard now as he was when he first showed up over here.

  3. aaronmoreno - Mar 1, 2011 at 10:37 AM

    Will Carroll thinks he needs to throw more gyroballs.

  4. rollinghighwayblues - Mar 1, 2011 at 11:09 AM

    Go to hell, Dice K. Take Brad Penny with you.

  5. pisano - Mar 1, 2011 at 5:43 PM

    “The 101 million dollar BUST”

  6. nickynick04 - Mar 1, 2011 at 7:04 PM

    Yea he sucks
    I saw him more in AAA then in the Bigs !
    He made regular appearances for the Bosox AAA in Philly’s AAA park in Lehigh Valley,PA more then in Fenway or any other AL Park

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