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Matsuzaka looked good in back-to-back relief appearances

Daisuke 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.

Matsuzaka lost out to Jenrry Mejia during a Spring Training competition for the final spot in the team’s starting rotation.

“I was mentally prepared from the beginning,” Matsuzaka said (Newsday, Apr. 21). “This is my role for the time being, so I just need to go out and pitch well.”

Matthew Cerrone, Lead Writer

The question for Dice-K — as it is for any career starting pitcher making this transition to a reliever — was whether he could change his routine, get ready on short notice, bounce back and be effective. He looked good. So far so good. This is what the organization will hopefully learn over the next month or so in Triple-A when occasionally working minor-league starting pitchers in relief, as well. It sounds crazy. It’s easy to think these guys can just flip a switch, change roles and perform. But, history shows this is not always the case. They’re all creatures of habit.




17 comments
Richard Heaton
Richard Heaton

Huh. Last I checked, Dice K has so far thrown 4 innings yet has a 2.25 ERA. I don't know how that translates to one scoreless and 3 scoreless.

Doubleday
Doubleday

Like I said the other day, Dice-K could have taken his Red Sox millions and returned to a hero's welcome with any team in Japan.  Instead, he's still here(for next to nothing $$$), doing anything he can to contribute.  And he's pitching well.  I have a lot of respect and admiration for Daisuke Matsuzaka.  

yankeehater
yankeehater

Not that I should need to point this out, because it was pointed out 50 times during the late innings, but he pitched his entire time with the shadows yesterday. Its darn near impossible to hit in those sorts of conditions. Lets calm down with the Cy Dice-K talk.

hankypanky
hankypanky

Gritty performance by a veteran pitcher. I've never understood the hostility displayed to Matsuzaka by the pro-Mejia crowd, as if Mejia's progress should be an automatic given over a proven talent. Let Mejia continue to earn his way, and make room for both players for the good of the team.

Steven M. Harries
Steven M. Harries

OT, but does anyone know if Travis d'Arnaud played a munchkin in the Wizard of Oz or anything?

eric88
eric88

Mets face pitcher making his 1st start of the season, so we know what that means.

Mets BA at Citi when you take out Ike and Legares numbers drops to .153, geez let me go buy some tickets. NOT.

Devin Brigham
Devin Brigham

I would like to see him get a shot at closer or set up man if he keeps pitching well in relief. Maybe he could reinvent himself. who knows? Kyle Farnsworth? Yikes...

Brian Guiney
Brian Guiney

Correction:  Dice-K was charged with an earned run in the eighth inning of Saturday's game.  He looked great yesterday, though. 

rico
rico

Pretty funny Ron Darling was dissing the METS coaching staff hard for using Dice back to back, saying they put him in a position to fail, that he looked uncomfortable, something was wrong with his shoulder…Ronnie was ripping collins and friends…and then Dice pitches his ass-off.


nice-dice~

Adolfo Arauz
Adolfo Arauz

Let's toss him away before he torches something!

Doubleday
Doubleday

Dear Lastings Milledge, Jordany Valdespin, and others:

Look at Matsuzaka.  This is what professionalism, honor, and dignity look like.

Joe Paulson
Joe Paulson

@rico He need not be wrong just because in the short term Dice-K had a great outing. But, the guy is cheap and disposable. To be blunt, even if Ron's right, given the options (Germen has been used a lot too recently, Fam. is iffy and pushing him too far was shown to be problematic etc.), Dice-K was the best bet at the time.  

[The desire to avoid Fam was blatant -- they pitched Papa Oh Vey over him in the 14!]

hankypanky
hankypanky

Darling knows what he's talking about. Hopefully Matsuzaka's gritty performance doesn't backfire.

rico
rico

@Joe Paulson  I love Darling Mex and Gary, and learn a lot from them.


I pointed it out because Darling was really dressing down the Mets coaches for that decision. Now Ronnie isn't a homer but he was going off and didn't let up, until Dice shut them up. Good for Dice, he's a competitor.