You knew the hype around Pedro Martinez was unbelievable when the Boston Globe began running game stories from his starts in Spanish. There have been plenty of unfair comparisons between Daisuke Matsuzaka and Pedro — unfair to both men. But the hype? Eerily similar.
Also, a consensus builds around Matsuzaka’s expectations. Averaging the projections, which are pretty similar:
- 196 2/3 IP, 3.55 ERA, 1.21 WHIP, 15 wins, 8 K/9
(You can also find an Igawa prediction here.)