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Daisuke Matsuzaka to make Mets debut Friday against Tigers

Aug 22, 2013, 10:31 PM EDT

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The Mets signed right-hander Daisuke Matsuzaka earlier today and they aren’t wasting any time putting him to work, as the team has announced that he’ll make his first start tomorrow night against the Tigers at Citi Field.

Matsuzaka, who turns 33 next month, was granted his release by the Indians earlier this week after he posted a 3.92 ERA and 95/39 K/BB ratio over 103 1/3 innings in 19 starts with Triple-A Columbus. Tomorrow will be his first start in the majors since last October 2. He had an 8.28 ERA in 11 starts with the Red Sox last season while opposing batters hit him at a .307 clip.

Expectations for Matsuzaka are pretty low at this point, but the Mets will need some warm bodies down the stretch with Jenrry Mejia and Jeremy Hefner sidelined with injuries and Matt Harvey and Zack Wheeler eventually facing innings limits.

  1. pisano - Aug 23, 2013 at 12:22 AM

    Just yesterday I was watching WFAN and Mike Francessa was talking with Terry Collins about the Mets for 2014 and beyond, and Collins is raving about all the good young pitching the Mets have that are going to burst on the scene next year and beyond, and what do they do? they bring on the human slow motion machine. I don’t understand that move, especially with all the supposed young pitching Collins was raving about, which they can strt looking at as soon as Sept. 1st.

    • jackm1184 - Aug 23, 2013 at 1:53 AM

      they’re looking for a veteran guy to eat some innings till the end of the season and save the arms of Harvey, Wheeler, Gee, Niese, etc., give ‘em a six day rotation, and just get them to the end of the season when they’ll inevitably cut him loose. It’s a good move considering the Hefner/Meijia injuries. Most of the young arms in the system are nearing their innings cap anyway.

  2. rmcd13 - Aug 23, 2013 at 1:08 AM

    Matsuzaka is the single-least entertaining ballplayer I have ever had the displeasure of watching perform. I am so, so sorry for the Mets fans who continue to follow this team.

    • 18thstreet - Aug 23, 2013 at 10:51 AM

      True story. I don’t understand how anyone can give this a thumbs-down.

      Matsuzaka took forever between pitches, went to 3-2 on every batter, and allowed a zillion baserunners. He was constantly floating on the edge of disaster. So if you enjoy watching a player walk the bases loaded and strike out the side — in his BEST innings — enjoy!

      You’ll never see a tidy 1-2-3 inning with him on the mound.

  3. dirtyharry1971 - Aug 24, 2013 at 1:43 AM

    Perfect fit for the loser mets, They are going nowhere just like the bluejays and have almost as many fans!! LOSERS!!

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