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Wednesday, December 27, 2006

Sports: Top 10 MLB break out stars for 2007

Lets hope their number 1 pick is right.
1. Daisuke Matsuzaka, 26, RHP, Red Sox. Go ahead and scrounge for all the reasons why Matsuzaka might struggle in his first year in the majors: longer season, one fewer day off in between starts, better hitters, language and cultural transitions, etc. I'll take his stuff any day. Matsuzaka is a young version of David Cone, a superb blend of power and guile who cannot be defined by one go-to pitch. He will be a nightmare for teams to face the first time around and not much easier thereafter. And at 26, he's just entering his prime. Over his last two seasons, for instance, his strikeout-to-walk ratio was 5.1:1. He's good for a minimum of 15 wins and a 3.50 ERA.
I hope they are right. I am banking on Matsuzaka winning 15-18 games this year with a sub 4 ERA.

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