It is fair to say that after two starts with the Mets, Daisuke Matsuzaka has been a flop. So will he be here for the rest of the season, or will he be jettisoned away like so many Aaron Laffeys before him?
Dice-K was hit hard early in his first start but settled down, earning a second outing. That came Wednesday night and it didn’t go well. Matsuzaka needed 110 pitches to go 4.1 innings, allowing four runs on six hits. Perhaps more alarming were the four walks and two hit batters. He is now 0-2 with an ERA of 8.68.
So perhaps we’ve seen the last of Daisuke Matsuzaka? Perhaps not. With the starting pitching decimated by injury, the Mets might need him just to run out the string. It all has to do with when the Mets shut down Zack Wheeler and whether they want prospects such as Rafael Montero to play in September.
If the Mets release Matsuzaka, the starters will be Wheeler, Jonathon Niese, Dillon Gee, Carlos Torres and, uh, uh…
You see the problem. And when the Mets end Wheeler’s season, they will have one fewer starter. Will the Mets really allow two young prospects to pitch out the season?
So perhaps we will be suffering with Daisuke Matsuzaka through the end of the season. Good times.