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Daisuke Matsuzaka | Relief Pitcher

Team: New York Mets
Age / DOB:  (33) / 9/13/1980
Ht / Wt:  6'0' / 205
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
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Daisuke Matsuzaka blanked the Braves for seven innings Monday, but he didn't factor into the decision after a three-run eighth.
Matsuzaka remained 2-3 through eight starts this season, with a 3.98 ERA in those games. He's a hard guy to trust, but he's giving the Mets all they could have hoped for. Of course, it is something of a fluke that he's allowed just one homer in 40 2/3 innings as a starter to date. Jul 7 - 11:52 PM

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Daisuke Matsuzaka fell to 3-3, allowing five runs over five innings as the Mets were defeated by the Braves 5-4 on Tuesday.

Matsuzaka has been hit-or-miss for the Mets over his seven starts, either putting up a clunker or looking dominant. It was a clunker on Tuesday, as he allowed seven hits while walking three and striking out five. The right-hander will take his 3.72 ERA, 1.34 WHIP, and 54/38 K/BB ratio into his next outing against the Braves at home.
Jul 1 - 10:59 PM

Daisuke Matsuzaka fell to 3-2, allowing five runs in six innings in Thursday's loss to the Pirates.

Matsuzaka had spotty control, walking four while yielding only five hits -- including a three-run home run to Gregory Polanco -- while striking out four. The right-hander has had good results overall, contributing as a swingman. Matsuzaka now has a 3.23 ERA with a 1.28 WHIP and a 49/35 K/BB ratio in 53 innings. He'll face the Braves on the road in his next start.
Jun 26 - 10:14 PM

Daisuke Matsuzaka took the loss Friday against the Marlins despite giving up just one run over 5 1/3 innings.

The lone run scored on a ground out from Adeiny Hechavarria in the first inning, but it was enough to put him on the losing side. Dice-K fanned four and walked one in the loss. With a 2.68 ERA, Matsuzaka has done a respectable job for the Mets this season despite issuing a bunch of walks, but he remains a risky option in fantasy leagues.
Jun 20 - 11:05 PM

Daisuke Matsuzaka left Sunday's start against the Padres with a severe upset stomach.

Matsuzaka obviously wasn't comfortable enough to continue, but he'll be fine for his next outing. The Mets could bring him back on short rest, if needed, since he only threw one inning.
Jun 15 - 2:37 PM

Daisuke Matsuzaka left Sunday's start versus the Padres with an apparent injury.

It appeared that Matsuzaka might have tweaked his side in the first inning, so it could be an oblique issue. He remained in the game to finish off the inning but was replaced in the second frame. The Mets should provide an update on the hurler shortly.
Jun 15 - 1:52 PM

Daisuke Matsuzaka improved to 3-0, allowing one run over six innings as the Mets defeated the Brewers 6-2 on Tuesday.

Matsuzaka rebounded from a mediocre start against the Cubs with a fine outing against the Brewers. The right-hander allowed only three hits, walked three, and struck out five. Overall, including his time in the bullpen, Matsuzaka has a 2.95 ERA with a 39/28 K/BB ratio in 39 2/3 innings. He'll face the lowly Padres at home in his next outing.
Jun 10 - 10:23 PM

Daisuke Matsuzaka got the no-decision, allowing four runs in 4 1/3 innings in Wednesday's loss to the Cubs.

Matsuzaka, making his second start of the season, wasn't very effective. The right-hander allowed only four hits, but walked five and struck out two. Overall, however, Matsuzaka has been decent for the Mets, owning a 3.21 ERA and a 1.28 ERA. He'll face the Brewers at home in his next turn in the rotation.
Jun 4 - 11:58 PM

The Mets will start Daisuke Matsuzaka in Rafael Montero's place Wednesday against the Cubs.

Matsuzaka, who picked up a win in a spot on Sunday, will get a chance to stick in the rotation this time. He's not to be considered in mixed leagues, but he should retain some value in NL-only leagues.
May 31 - 1:31 PM

Daisuke Matsuzaka pitched incredibly well in a spot start against the Diamondbacks in the second game of Sunday’s’ doubleheader, allowing two runs on three hits over six innings of work.

The veteran right-hander walked one and punched out six on the day. All of the damage against him came in the second inning, but he settled in nicely afterwards and cruised through the next four frames. He’s been a very solid addition to the Mets pitching staff, boasting a 2.33 ERA, 1.11 WHIP and 30/18 K/BB ratio through his first 27 innings.
May 25 - 8:13 PM

Daisuke Matsuzaka will start the second game of Sunday's doubleheader versus the Diamondbacks.

He'll be opposed by Zeke Spruill, with Rafael Montero and Bronson Arroyo squaring off in the first game. Matsuzaka has been used exclusively in relief this season for the Mets, as his last start came a month ago in Triple-A. The club will be thrilled if he can get through five innings.
May 25 - 10:10 AM

Mets manager Terry Collins said that Daisuke Matsuzaka and Jose Valverde are the leading candidates to be used in a potential save situation Friday.

It comes a day after Collins said that Jenrry Mejia would be used in a potential save chance. Mejia wound up pitching in a non-save situation Thursday and it's possible the Mets don't want him pitching on back-to-back days yet as he transitions to the bullpen. Matsuzaka and Valverde are worth a look in deeper formats if you're desperate for saves.
May 16 - 4:21 PM

Daisuke Matsuzaka had his first bad outing in relief Monday, giving up three runs -- two earned -- without retiring a batter against the Marlins.

He should have had one out anyway -- Omar Quintanilla made a costly error in the inning -- but that doesn't excuse the two walks or the two hits he allowed. Matsuzaka entered a 3-0 game in the eighth and was replaced by Kyle Farnsworth with the score 3-3. Farnsworth saved Dice-K's ERA from further damage by retiring the side from there, with only an intentional walk mixed in. This definitely throws a wrench into any plans to make Matsuzaka the closer within the next week or two.
May 5 - 11:14 PM

With Kyle Farnsworth getting the day off, Daisuke Matsuzaka pitched a perfect ninth for his first major league save on Thursday.

Matsuzaka had no problem maintaining the Mets' three-run lead in the ninth. It was his second ever save, the first coming back in Japan in 2000. He's allowed one run and two hits in 5 1/3 innings since his callup last week.
Apr 24 - 4:29 PM

Mets manager Terry Collins said there's "no question" Daisuke Matsuzaka could close games for the Mets if needed.

It's not needed at this point, as Kyle Farnsworth appears to be alright, but it's interesting to know his name could be in the conversation should Farnsworth falter. Matsuzaka has been pitching in relief since being recalled on April 16, allowing one run over four innings while striking out six. He's a long way from finishing games for the Mets, but he's at least a name to keep in the back -- the very back -- of your mind.
Apr 23 - 6:16 PM

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3Taylor Teagarden
1B1Lucas Duda
2B1Daniel Murphy
SS1Ruben Tejada
3B1David Wright
LF1Chris Young
2Eric Young Jr.
3Bobby Abreu
CF1Juan Lagares
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RF1Curtis Granderson
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Starting Pitcher
S1Jon Niese
2Bartolo Colon
3Dillon Gee
4Zack Wheeler
5Jacob deGrom
6Daisuke Matsuzaka
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Relief Pitcher
R1Jenrry Mejia
2Jeurys Familia
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6Dana Eveland
7Buddy Carlyle
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