Originally Posted by blandman
All you'd have to do is actually watch them pitch to see they're incredibly different. Matsuzaka didn't throw a single pitch as well as Tanaka's third best offering.
Roger Clemens and Curt Shilling both threw some of the same pitches. No one would ever deign to compare the two. At least that would make sense. This comparison is more like comparing Brett Tomko to Randy Johnson. They're both American!
That article even mentioned Matsuzaka was a poor comparison. It's like the original poster didn't even read the article and simply threw it there to attack Tanaka.
Matsuzaka was 18-3 in 2008 with 150 K and a 2.90 ERA in the AL East. Tanaka should feel blessed to be compared to him. It's not unfair or uncommon to compare guys who played the same position in the same league facing similar hype. It helps temper unrealistic expectations that a guy with amazing stats in a different league is going to do the same in the MLB (Fukudome, Kaz, Irabu, Igawa).
I would actually prefer a move like Dice-K or Santana for the Sox. They have the ability to take a chance on guys like that, who could bounce back with the team in a season that doesn't have high expectations.