Dice won all three of his starts and had a 2.45 ERA. In 14.2 innings, he allowed four runs on 14 hits along with five walks and 13 strikeouts. He believed teammate Hisashi Iwakuma should have won:
I'm really thankful about the MVP. I didn't think that it was going to be me at all. I felt that I was lucky, and I felt that it couldn't be compared to Mr. Iwakuma, who pitched today. So I felt that Iwakuma would get the MVP myself.Dice is probably right. Iwakuma pitched 7.2 strong innings in last night's game -- which Japan won 5-3, in 10 innings -- and ended the WBC with a 1.35 ERA in 20 innings over four games.
It is not inconceivable that Selig et al. would much prefer a MLB player to win the award, rather than a starter for the Tohoku Rakuten Golden Eagles.
Matsuzaka had a 1.38 ERA in 13 innings in 2006. His combined WBC stats: 6-0, 1.95 in 27.2 innings.