Secret Avatar wrote:If you recall, one of Matsuzaka's weaknesses -- that got buried in the hype -- was that he couldn't always find the K zone. In Japan, that's not much of an issue because they don't "work the count" over there like they do here.
If indeed, that's a continuing weakness, he won't be successful regardless whether his arm is weak or not.
You sure about that? Sure he had walk problems in his first three years, but he's had that under control since 2002. And taking a quick look at guys like Hideo Nomo, Kaz Sasaki, Hideki Irabu and Kaz Ishii, it doesn't appear the move from Japan to America had much of an impact on their walk rates. In fact they walked less.
That being said, I'm not that high on Matsuzaka, but it's not because I think he'll walk too many guys.