Daisuke Matsuzaka looks to have locked up rotation spot with Mets

Posted: March 24, 2014 in News, Opinion, Spring Training
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By Steven Inmanphoto

Daisuke Matsuzaka had a very strong start Monday vs. the St. Louis Cardinals. Matsuzaka threw six-plus innings and gave up just one run. It appears that the right-hander will begin the season in the Mets rotation and will start the first Friday of the season vs. the Cincinnati Reds. Dice-K has an opt-out in his contract Tuesday but is now highly unlikely to use it.

Make no mistake about it; Dice-K is a stopgap pitcher until a guy like Noah Syndergaard is ready for the major leagues. Matsuzaka is just simply too slow to the plate and his games are often agonizing to watch but he pitched well enough this spring to make the team.

Terry Collins was worried about putting Jenrry Mejia in that spot in the rotation because he threw such a small number of innings last year coming off surgery. If Mejia started the year in the rotation he would have to be shut down very early in the season due to his innings limit.

  1. Mike Young says:

    Steve – I am fine with Dice K starting the season in the # 4 position. I also like Mejia and recognize that if someone gets hurt that he could come up before Syndergaard. But if no one gets hurt and Syndergaard comes up first then who is going down? What will the Mets do with Dice K if and when there is no room for him in the rotation at aome point in 2014? That and what will ultimately happen to Mejia when there is no room for him. The same goes for Montero and De Grom, After all of that including Flores probably bumping Tejada sooner rather than later the Mets are still missing the mark at first base. Thanks, Mike

    • Steven Inman says:

      Well Mike if the Mets have too many quality starters around June or July, that would be unfamiliar territory. My gut feeling is by the time Montero and Syndergaard are to be called up,someone will get hurt or someone like Dice-K isnt pitching all that well and gets moved to the bullpen.

      The first base situation is a mess that could wind up dooming the Mets season.
      Thanks for the comment Mike!

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