3. Big start for Dice-K
Matsuzaka, who starts tonight, has an ERA of 9.57 over his last five starts. After a first half in which he was 10-6 with a 3.84 ERA and was striking out more than a batter per inning, Matsuzaka is 4-6 with a 5.57 ERA in the second half, allowing 65 hits and 32 walks in 64 2/3 innings while whiffing just 56. Matsuzaka has thrown more pitches this season (3,125) than he did all of last season in Japan (2,770). He insists fatigue is not a factor.