Daisuke Matsuzaka spoke earlier today about some of the problems he ran into last season, his first in the major leagues. While he knew what was coming in the Japanese League, he didn’t once he arrived in the U.S.
That, he said, hampered him in his rookie year, in which he had a 10-6 record and a 3.84 ERA before the All-Star break and a 5-6 record and a 5.19 ERA after the All-Star break.
“I think last season I went into it only knowing the pace of the season in Japan so it was certainly a big difference to face a different pace of a season here in the U.S.,” Matsuzaka said, through interpreter Masa Hoshino. “I think what happened last year was that the peak of my fatigue arrived at a time when I wasn’t exactly expecting it to arrive, not at the time that it usually arrives and I think that was part of the difficulty last year.”
Matsuzaka said that fatigue usually comes up in June or July in Japan, but dragged on to September last season.