The puzzle that is Dice-K

Daisuke Matsuzaka was nearly unhittable in Saturday's win.

Will the real Dice-K please stand up.

Just when you thought you’d go insane trying to figure out how Red Sox starter Daisuke Matsuzaka could be so god-awful, now you’ve got to come to grips with the fact that he’s been downright spectacular in his last two starts.

In Saturday night’s 5-0 win against the Anaheim Angels, Matuzaka went eight strong innings, surrendering just one hit and striking out nine in earning his second straight victory. This on the heels of a 9-1 win over Toronto in which he limited the Blue Jays to one hit over seven innings.

Compare those two starts with the combined 14 hits, 10 earned runs, three homers, five walks, and four strikes he allowed in his first two starts. He’s knocked 8.75 off his earned run average and is actually looking like the pitcher the Red Sox thought they were getting when they surrendered $100 million in salary and rights fees to land him in 2007.

“When he goes out there and throws strikes and throws it where he wants to and get ahead, that’s what he can do,” catcher Jason Varitek said after the win.

So which Matsuzaka shows up next Friday in Seattle against the Mariners?


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