The New York Mets continue to add depth to their starting rotation with the re-signing of Daisuke Matsuzaka. Matsuzaka spent time in New York last season, but struggled for much of the season. It’s been a struggle for a guy who, once upon a time, could dominate on an given night.
Matsuzaka has become a disappointment after only having one strong season since coming over from Japan. However, the Mets see him as a good emergency starter. The two sides came to an agreement on a minor-league contract; last week, the Mets signed John Lannan to also aid in the rotation if there was an injury. With Matt Harvey down for the year, the Mets have signed three starting pitchers. Bartolo Colon was the first one signed, but he will be in the rotation from day one. An opening day start for Colon wouldn’t be a surprise either.
The Mets do have a strong farm system when it comes to pitching, but having veterans to call up ahead of them is a good idea. An injury in the beginning of the season wouldn’t be a good situation for one of the younger players to come up.
For Matsuzaka, he actually saw an increase in his seven starts last year than in seasons pass. He lowered his WHIP down to a good 1.24. The walks per inning were still high, but Matsuzaka was never known for his command. He was a Houdini, getting in and out of trouble in just about every inning. It was a mystery that he ever managed to have any success.