Dice-K is a ‘great competitor,’ Terry not surprised he’s pitching well

Daisuke Matsuzaka 2 polaroidDaisuke Matsuzaka tossed 7 2/3 shutout innings and held the Reds to just four hits on Wednesday.

Terry Collins attributed Matsuzaka’s success Wednesday to command and an increase in velocity.

Matsuzaka is 3-0 with a 1.93 ERA in his last three starts for the Mets, while striking out 15 of the 74 batters he faced.

“He’s such a great competitor,” Collins said. “I’m not surprised that he’s settled down and pitched this well.”

According to the Bergen Record, Matsuzaka said he’d be honored if offered a contract to return to the Mets in 2014.

Collins said Matsuzaka should be considered if the team is looking to bring a veteran to Spring Training next season.

Matthew Cerrone, Lead Writer

Dice-K is throwing his pitches in the strike zone, which was not the case at other points over the last few years, and certainly not happening in his first few starts for the Mets. Batters are swinging and the movement on his pitches are getting swings and misses. It’s not rocket science. He’s also pitching slightly quicker and appears to be in more control of the game’s overall rhythm.