Field wrote:Isn't this exactly what Billingsley did yesterday? I haven't seen any noticeable difference in Dice-K's approach so far this year. On the surface his results are better, but that's largely due to sample size. Matsuzaka still nibbles far too much and doesn't pitch to contact. I never insinuated that Bills or Cain would outproduce Dice-K this year, I just said that they were in a similarly frustrating stage of development. Even so, Cain and Billingsley posted better fantasy numbers LAST season (according to Yahoo ranks) than Dice-K so to say that you expect Dice-K to be a top 10 SP and that there's no way the other two could doesn't make a whole lot of sense to me. I think you are looking far too closely at the YTD figures after only a handful of starts.
There was a lot of pressure and focus on Matsuzaka last season. I believe a year of adjustment will allow him to have a better season this year than Cain or Billingsley, that's all. And I'm not so concerned about his walk rate as long as his WHIP rate stays low enough.