Rolling the Dice-K: 5 Reasons Daisuke Matsuzaka Will Come Through in 2012

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Rolling the Dice-K: 5 Reasons Daisuke Matsuzaka Will Come Through in 2012
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It seems like a long time ago since Daisuke Matsuzaka came to the Red Sox pegged as baseball’s Next Big Thing.

Dice-K helped deliver a World Series title in his first season and went 18–3 in his second, but he has hardly delivered fully on the more than $100 million the Red Sox invested in him. He’s been prone to injury, and even when healthy his nibbling pitching style has far too often resulted in him being pulled after five innings or less.

Matsuzaka is entering the final season of his six-year contract. Is there hope for the once ballyhooed Japanese import? The following five factors could make Dice-K’s sixth season in the Hub a productive one.

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