Daily Futures: Is Matsuzaka ready?

He Says He's Ready, But Is He?

Daisuke Matsuzaka, RHP, Boston Red Sox (Triple-A Pawtucket)

Thursday's stats: 6 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K

After last night's rehab start, Dice-K said he's ready for the big leagues, and with six shutout innings, the numbers seem to say so as well. But a closer look brings up some causes for concern. He struck out just two of the 21 batters he faced, so he wasn't missing bats, and that can quickly be explained with a velocity of 88-91 mph, a good 2-4 ticks off his normal range. Then there are the 12 flyball outs and only four of the ground-ball variety. Six innings pitched and zero runs allowed is a good thing to be sure, but don't be so sure he's "ready."