All good things must come to an end, and such was the fate tonight of Daisake Matsuzaka's string of six consecutive quality starts. Dice-K was shelled by the Tigers, giving up six run and ten hits in five innings, including three home runs. While Dice-K and the Red Sox certainly would have hoped for a better start going into the All-Star break, Dice-K's brilliant month of June does buy him a great deal of slack. Another interesting note on Dice-K's performance this season is that his unpredictabilty as a pitcher is not only a rumor, but can be backed up by statistics. To explain, here are Dice-K's out statistics this season; 123 SO, 122 GB, 127 FB. In an age of strikeout specialists and ground ball pitchers it is very interesting that Dice-K has shown the ability to mix up his approach throughout the season. Now, on to the main course. This week, after a bit of a step back, Dice-K is looking like...Tom Glavine.
Tom Glavine 2006: