Wed, 23 Apr 2014 15:29:30 -0700
New York Mets manager Terry Collins said SP Daisuke Matsuzaka is an option to close out games. RP Jose Valverde held the closing job for less than three weeks, and now RP Kyle Farnsworth is in the ninth-inning role. Matsuzaka has made just two relief appearances for the team, allowing a run on two hits in four innings, with two walks and six strikeouts. One problem with Matsuzaka pitching at the back of the bullpen is that he has value as a long-relief man and a backup for the starting rotation.
Fantasy Tip: Dice-K isn't a realistic option just yet, and it would take a meltdown or injury from Farnsworth for this to become serious. For now, he's a speculative target for those truly desperate for potential save opps.
Fri, 18 Apr 2014 18:50:06 -0700
New York Mets manager Terry Collins said he considers SP Daisuke Matsuzaka as a candidate to start if SP Bartolo Colon (back) or SP Jenrry Mejia (finger) are not able to make their next scheduled start.
Wed, 16 Apr 2014 12:01:02 -0700
New York Mets SP Bartolo Colon (back) has been dealing with back spasms but said he will make his next start Saturday, April 19. SP Daisuke Matsuzaka, who will pitch out of the bullpen, can be rotation insurance in case Colon can't go.
Fantasy Tip: Colon's back spasms likely affected him in his rough outing Sunday. Be wary of starting him this weekend until he shows that he can get past it without it affecting his performance.
Wed, 16 Apr 2014 10:19:51 -0700
The New York Mets recalled SP Daisuke Matsuzaka from the minors Wednesday, April 16, and outrighted SP John Lannan to Triple-A Las Vegas in a corresponding move. Matsuzaka will pitch out of the bullpen for now.
Sun, 30 Mar 2014 12:24:25 -0700
If New York Mets SP Jon Niese (elbow) is unable to make his scheduled start against the Cincinnati Reds Sunday, April 6, SP Daisuke Matsuzaka could be recalled from Triple-A Las Vegas to make the start.
Fantasy Tip: Matsuzaka pitched well during spring training, allowing nine runs (eight earned) and 25 hits over 23 1/3 innings in six starts, with four walks and 25 strikeouts. However, he lost the competition for the No. 5 spot in the rotation to Jenrry Mejia. That being said, he should be back in the majors sooner rather than later and could be worth a gamble in NL-only leagues.
Sun, 30 Mar 2014 12:18:51 -0700
New York Mets SP Jenrry Mejia (forearm) will have his right forearm checked by a doctor after the team returns to New York. However, he said he was fine. If Mejia is unable to make his scheduled start against the Cincinnati Reds Friday, April 4, SP Daisuke Matsuzaka would be called up from the minors to pitch, according to general manager Sandy Alderson.
Sat, 29 Mar 2014 12:55:26 -0700
The New York Mets have reassigned SP Daisuke Matsuzaka and RP Kyle Farnsworth to Triple-A Las Vegas.
Thu, 27 Mar 2014 12:36:13 -0700
New York Mets manager Terry Collins is concerned with the bunion that is bothering SP Jenrry Mejia (foot).
Fantasy Tip: All signs point to Daisuke Matsuzaka winning the No. 5 rotation job over Mejia, especially now. Mejia could use some more seasoning and work on his control. Dice-K is an option for those needing rotation depth in NL-only leagues.
Tue, 25 Mar 2014 12:55:48 -0700
The New York Mets paid SP Daisuke Matsuzaka $100,000 Tuesday, March 25, for the right to send him to the minors if they choose, meaning the competition for the fifth starting spot is still on between him and SP Jenrry Mejia. Each pitcher will start once this weekend. "The competition is still open," general manager Sandy Alderson said. "It doesn't mean the competition is going to be determined exclusively on those two (Montreal) outings." Matsuzaka can demand his release if he's not on the major league roster by May 30.
Mon, 24 Mar 2014 19:35:15 -0700
New York Mets SP Jennry Mejia is still in the mix for the fifth spot in the rotation, although it is believed SP Daisuke Matsuzaka has a leg up in the competition. Mejia is due to start Friday, March 28, in an exhibition game in Montreal against the Toronto Blue Jays. He could then be optioned to Triple-A Las Vegas to start the season. He has an understanding with the Mets that he will not be considered for a relief role.