Daisuke Matsuzaka

Daisuke Matsuzaka could be a closer

“Yes,” Terry Collins replied Wednesday when asked if Daisuke Matsuzaka has the ability to be a closer.

That said, Collins was clear to point out that Kyle Farnsworth is still his closer.

Matsuzaka tossed one scoreless inning in relief on Saturday, and three scoreless — and hitless — innings in relief on Sunday. He made only one relief appearance in the major leagues before this weekend.

Farnsworth was named closer in place of Jose Valverde this past weekend. Valverde had taken over for Bobby Parnell, who had Tommy John surgery earlier this season.




44 comments
Marc Seldin
Marc Seldin

Also doesn't mean that Collins is saying Dice-K is the end-all as Mets closer. Just saying he could close..meaning temporary...

Andrew Pugliese
Andrew Pugliese

Can we just drop the whole "who is our closer" gig? Go with the match-ups and the pitcher with the hot hand. Why do we need ONE guy who closes games? 

bklehmann
bklehmann

Farnsworth has closed 2 games; was cut during Spring Training; has rarely ever closed in his 14 year career and everyone is upset that someone else was suggested for the closer?


Farnsworth's velocity was at 88 MPH last night.  This is from a guy who only has a fastball in his arsenal.  If he continues to pitch as he did last night he won't last another outing.


I'll dollars to doughnuts  Dice-K gets a shot at closer within a month.

Paul Garvin Kuhns
Paul Garvin Kuhns

I honestly would like Dice-K as a closer. He is crafty and has a lot of tricky pitches which tend to work to start games but get picked up on the second time through the batting order. If he throws one inning, he strikes out the side in games early actually pretty often.But then gets no strikeouts the second time through 

Mark Rakentine
Mark Rakentine

What an idiotic statement, TC really is the worst manager in baseball right now....

C.K. Dexter Haven
C.K. Dexter Haven

Isn't that the next Saturday afternoon promotion?  First 10,000 fans are entered into a drawing to be the closer for the remaining home games.  One drawn for each game....

mettle
mettle

Always a confident sign when you name your current closer's replacement.

Frankie R Palma
Frankie R Palma

Dice Clay could be a closer too- doesn't mean he should!

owlnut
owlnut

If you don't have the lead going into the 9th inning, it will not matter. If they don't start scoring more, it will not matter. Any pitcher could be a closer. Terry doesn't know how to manage the bullpen so it won't make a difference.

archer41
archer41

If they still can't hit a lick, it won't matter who's closing.  

Kenneth Meltsner
Kenneth Meltsner

Sure, he COULD be a closer. And I could date Kate Upton (if Matt Harvey doesn't see her first). This guy was on the scrap heap last year, as was Valverde. There's a reason for this, baseball fans. As a Met fan who has suffered mightily for all those years where the hated Yankees had the #1 closer in the world I don't think it's asking too much to have a pleasant agita-free year or two.

Doubleday
Doubleday

I don't have a problem with Matsuzaka closing.  Moving to closer saved Dennis Eckersley's career, and look what he did.  Maybe if he knows he'll only pitch 1-2 innings, Matsuzaka will bring back the fabled gyro-ball.

fakefans
fakefans

Only an idiot would answer no to that question. Of course Dice-K can be a closer. That doesnt mean he will be, just that he can be. The answer would be the same no matter what name is substituted in there. Some of you people just have this knee-jerk reaction to criticize no matter who/what. Either that or you need to learn some reading comprehension.

The problem is, that as long as these knee-jerk reactions continue, some dumbazz reporter/blogger will continue to ask stupid questions in the hopes of creating a firestorm based on a rational, honest answer.

hittinglib
hittinglib

I've been saying this for weeks!


DiceK may well be a better short reliever than he ever was a starter. His stat profile has always suggested as much (good K rate, bad walk rate, throws too many pitches/inning to last deep in games).


And it would spare us the worrying about them moving him into the rotation.

sheaheykid
sheaheykid

First, I don't care who the closer is -- I agree that pitching is not our problem right now.   However, let's all stop getting carried away with any kind of speculation.  The process typically is:

1) Media asks someone on the team a question out of thin air

2) Mets player/coach/mgr/staff responds (so as not to be rude)

3) Media reports response (sometimes inaccurately, out of context, or with blatant spin)

4) Fanbase gets bent out of shape by the message CREATED BY THE MEDIA


Relax everyone!

rodd
rodd

what a bizzar management

Macacawitz
Macacawitz

Needing a closer requires a lead.  We don't have closers.  We have guys who get the set of knives.

adam
adam

We don't have a closer!!!! And that's ok!!! Just pitch who's hot!!! This isn't rocket science...pitching isn't the problem!!!!!

Haig Mathosian
Haig Mathosian

Maybe Granderscam can be a closer.....at least he won't get to bat very often, if at all.

slainte2
slainte2

seattle has four injured starters. Arizona has starting rotation ERA of over 7 runs per game. Wouldn't package of dice and colon be attractive to these teams before their seasons are completely wasted? why wait for july, go get a shortstop already !!

slainte2
slainte2

dice-k showed signs of being a competent mlb starter at end of season, in spring training, and in AAA. As harang is showing in Atlanta, these guys can have value, and maybe mets could have traded him for something. But long relief, jerking him around between roles will destroy whatever value he has. They should trade him ASAP.

cmetsfan
cmetsfan

I'm not against this, but it sounds like this is an indication that the Wilpons either have no money or Alderson is worried about a reliever conspiracy.

Kevin Powers
Kevin Powers

Dice K could also be a white guy from Oklahoma but he's not.

mets1962
mets1962

Maybe he can play left or right field too!!! a guy who takes 2 innings to warm up would mke a great closer,

nwmets
nwmets

The fact that Terry answered "yes" to this question does not justify a headline reading "Daisuke Matsuzaka could be a closer". Just FYI, Metsblog -- listen to me and I will help you to be a better blog.

nwmets
nwmets

@fakefans  Incorrect -- they could care less whether or not what they write creates a firestorm on this blog (or any other for that matter, because they'll never read the comments).

nwmets
nwmets

@sheaheykid  Yes, except we were hoping (irrationally?) that Metsblog is not part of The Media of which you speak.

fakefans
fakefans

What a BIZARRE spelling!

Andrew Sodergren
Andrew Sodergren

@slainte2 Nobody is trading for Dice-K or Colon. Anyone could have had Dice-K for basically nothing in the offseason, and now you think he's some sort of trade chip?

adam
adam

You want to trade Colon 3 weeks into the season? And why trade Dice-K we're basically playing with house money.

Doubleday
Doubleday

@nwmets @fakefans  Incorrect.  They COULD NOT care less.  If they could care less, that means they care.

fakefans
fakefans

They arent hoping for a firestorm on this blog. They are hoping for a national firestorm so their name gets written in every sports section in the country and the get to do interviews on espn and mlb network.

Not that this question will do that, but it is for that reason that reporters ask dumb questions like this. And unfortunately, most of the idiots here happened to fall for it.

slainte2
slainte2

@adam

yes... I want to trade pitchers we can replace to get back better players than we have now.

nwmets
nwmets

@doubleday Yep, you got me there. That was a very Matt Cerrone-ish mistake I made...

slainte2
slainte2

@Andrew Sodergren @slainte2

maybe you are right.  but Dice is only 33 tho ... if he figured something out, could still have a few years ahead.  D'backs also have nick ahmed in minors too ... no room there, didi is strong defensive SS and may still be pushed to 2B, and they have Aaron Hill ahead of him there.  And remember, didi looks like could be good solid player ... but nobody is saying he is some awesome talent. 

two solid vet pitchers added to the rotation could make big difference to that team's season and maybe its 2015.  there is value in that offer.

Andrew Sodergren
Andrew Sodergren

@slainte2 @Andrew SodergrenD-Backs will call up stud prospect Archie Bradley before they make any trade, in my honest opinion. And at 6-18, not sure they're giving up a young piece for a vet who won't be a part of their future.

slainte2
slainte2

@Andrew Sodergren @slainte2

Gee, etc. would return more than I am suggesting.  Not everything has to be a diamond or absolute crap ... there are players with  values in between the two extremes.  A starting pitcher that can go 6 IP, 3 runs pretty consistently has some value.  Dice was showing that potential.  Colon has shown that.  I think that returns Gregorius.   

Andrew Sodergren
Andrew Sodergren

@slainte2 @Andrew SodergrenYeah, signed him. Didn't trade for him. Just don't think you're going to get much value, especially a quality minor league SS, for a retread like Dice-K or a 40-year old Bartolo Colon. Think Gee or Niese or possibly Montero or DeGrom goes in a trade before either one of those vets.

slainte2
slainte2

@adam

I hope colon has value ... we signed him 2 for 20M ! 

This team has holes, it has excess pitching, and I would like to see them be proactive, make something happen sooner rather than later.  Why wait to improve the team until July?  Why wouldn't Arizona, etc. try to turn around their rotation before they are so deep in a hole they can't get out? 

adam
adam

I don't think either has much value now because it's so early. At the deadline, I would trade Niese or Gee because we could get some major league ready talent. I've said all along we should trade Niese and/or Gee, even though I really like Gee.