matsuzaka got obliterated his first year, and obliterated in the post season. ok he pitched with a 2.90 era in 08 but in 167 and 2/3 innings. thats barely above a 5 innings per start average. I promise that era goes up at least 1 full point, most likely 1.5 points, if he pitched during stress innings like the 6th and 7th more often. that 18-3 record could easily be a 10-11 record with a mediocre bullpen and offense. this guy just refuses to pitch to the best hitters in the lineup.
and lets not refer to the wbc exhibition matches as a bar for how good teams are. this is the same tournament that has mercy rules, pitch limits for starters, less than 15,000 fans per game showing up at the ballpark, and half of the leagues all stars not playing. a few players missing from here on out: pujols, arod, manny(enough said?), pedroia, lindstrom, sabathia, hamels, rivera, wang, texiera, mauer, longoria, lidge, and the list goes on. this isn't some soccer world cup where players are getting killed in their countries for not playing up to expectations, its just a modified version of spring training.
anyways, 2 more mediocre/bad seasons for dice-k and im calling a bust. as for yu darvish lets wait and see if he can consistently control major league hitters. going by your wbc statistics, having a sawamura season against a japan league where your allstars have a combined slugging of .415 and an ops that ranks 9th behind a team like canada really isn't saying much at all. like i said, nothing more than a dominating ncaa pitcher. David Price is definitely gonna turn out a lot better than dice-k.