Daisuke Matsuzaka SP NYM 16 Hrs
Daisuke Matsuzaka and John Lannan both pitched two innings and allowed two runs -- one earned -- Friday against a Cardinals split-squad.
It makes it tough to evaluate the pitchers when the defense plays like crap all day, which is what the Mets dealt with today. Matsuzaka, nominally the favorite to open up as the Mets' fifth starter, allowed six hits today, but at least one should have been turned into an out. He struck out three and walked none. Lannan allowed three hits, walked none and struck out one after taking over to begin the third. Rafael Montero, the long shot in the competition, also pitched and allowed one unearned run in his two innings.
Daisuke Matsuzaka SP NYM 6 Days
Daisuke Matsuzaka allowed one run in two innings Sunday in his start against the Cardinals.
Doubles from leadoff man Matt Carpenter and No. 3 hitter Matt Holliday got the Cardinals started off right, but Matsuzaka was able to retire the other six batters he faced. It was a decent first effort as he attempts to win the fifth spot in the Mets rotation.
Daisuke Matsuzaka SP NYM 7 Days
Adam Rubin of ESPN New York believes that Daisuke Matsuzaka is currently the front-runner to occupy the fifth and final spot in the Mets Opening Day rotation.
He's competing with Jenrry Mejia and John Lannan among others for that final vacancy. The 33-year-old hurler finished the 2013 season on a high note, posting a 3-0 record, 1.37 ERA, 0.83 WHIP and 21/9 K/BB ratio over 26 1/3 innings. He still has the ability to miss bats, and in the friendly confines of Citi Field could be worth a look in the later rounds of mixed leagues.
Daisuke Matsuzaka SP NYM 12 Days
Tim Rohan of the New York Times writes that Daisuke Matsuzaka is "vying for the No. 5 spot" in the Mets' rotation.
Matsuzaka seemed like a longshot to make the Mets' Opening Day roster when he signed a minor league contract with the club in late January, but Rohan notes that the Japanese right-hander has clicked with pitching coach Dan Warthen on some mechanical changes. "Dice-K" went 3-0 with a 1.37 ERA over his final four starts in 2013. No matter what happens this spring, he's doubtful to regain fantasy relevance.
Daisuke Matsuzaka SP NYM 1 Month
ESPN's Adam Rubin reports that Mets pitchers Daisuke Matsuzaka and John Lannan both have out clauses in their contract which they can exercise in June if they aren't on the Major League roster.
Matsuzaka can opt out on June 1 if he isn't on the MLB roster, an automatic right given by the CBA because Matsuzaka has six-plus years of service in baseball. Lannan negotiated an opt-out date of June 14.
Daisuke Matsuzaka SP NYM 1 Month
Mets re-signed RHP Daisuke Matsuzaka to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training.
It turns out that a report earlier this month from Sports Hochi in Japan wound up being correct. Matsuzaka came up with the Mets in late August last year to post a 4.42 ERA while striking out 33 across 38 2/3 innings. He'll compete with John Lannan and Jenrry Mejia for the final spot in the club's rotation but seems likely to begin the year at Triple-A.
Daisuke Matsuzaka SP NYM 2 Months
Adam Rubin of ESPNNewYork.com was told by a Mets source that a report out of Japan stating that the team had re-signed Daisuke Matsuzaka is "not true at all."
It doesn't mean they won't wind up re-signing him, but, at the very least, the report appears to be premature. Matsuzaka posted a 4.42 ERA over seven late-season starts for the Mets last year.
Daisuke Matsuzaka SP NYM 3 Months
Mets general manager Sandy Alderson said Monday that free agent right-hander Daisuke Matsuzaka is on his "list."
Matsuzaka was serviceable down the stretch for New York this past season and the club hasn't ruled out bringing him back. Chances are they'll exhaust other options first, though.
Daisuke Matsuzaka SP NYM 5 Months
Daisuke Matsuzaka won his third straight start by blanking the Reds for 7 2/3 innings on Wednesday.
Matsuzaka has allowed four earned runs over 26 1/3 innings in his last four starts to finish up at 3-3 with a 4.42 ERA for the Mets. Now he'll have to go look for a job again this winter, but he should have a real chance of finding a major league contract instead of having to sign another minor league deal.
Daisuke Matsuzaka SP NYM 6 Months
Daisuke Matsuzaka allowed four runs (two earned) over six innings in Friday's win over the Phillies.
All four runs scored in the fourth inning. Dice-K unsurprisingly labored at times, allowing four hits and three walks, but he struck out six and secured his second win since joining the Mets. He'll start one final time this season next week against the Reds, but he's obviously not a fantasy option with that matchup.