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Daisuke Matsuzaka

34-Year-Old Pitcher – Free Agent

2014 Stats

W-L

3-3

ERA

3.89

WHIP

1.34

K

78

SV

1

2014 Preseason Projections

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2014 Fantasy Baseball Outlook

Matsuzaka asked for and was granted his release by the Indians in August after pitching well for almost a month and posting a 5-8 record, with a 3.92 ERA and 1.28 WHIP for their Triple-A affiliate. He...

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LEAGUE: Majors   40 MAN: YES   BATS: R   THROWS: R   HT: 6' 0"   WT: 205   DOB: 9/13/1980   BORN: Tokyo, Japan   COLLEGE: None   DRAFTED: No   Show ContractHide Contract

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Daisuke Matsuzaka Contract Information:

Signed a minor league contract (NRI) with the Mets in January of 2014.

September 12, 2014  –  Daisuke Matsuzaka News

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Matsuzaka (elbow) tossed three scoreless innings, scattering one hit and three walks with one strikeout, in Thursday's loss to the Nationals.

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Daisuke Matsuzaka Stats
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Year Age Lg Tm G GS SH IP H ER HR K BB W L SV BS HLD ERA WHIP
2007 26 MAJ BOS 32 32 0 204.7 191 100 25 201 80 15 12 0 4.40 1.32
2008 27 AAA PAW 1 1 0 5.0 4 2 0 5 1 1 0 0 3.60 1.00
2008 27 MAJ BOS 29 29 0 167.7 128 54 12 154 94 18 3 0 2.90 1.32
2009 28 R GCL 1 1 0 3.0 1 0 0 4 0 0 0 0 0.00 0.33
2009 28 AA POR 1 1 0 2.0 4 5 1 2 3 0 1 0 22.50 3.50
2009 28 AAA PAW 4 4 0 16.0 13 4 2 17 6 0 1 0 2.25 1.19
2009 28 MAJ BOS 12 12 0 59.3 81 38 10 54 30 4 6 0 5.76 1.87
2010 29 AAA PAW 3 3 0 16.2 11 3 1 13 1 2 0 0 0 0 1.62 0.74
2010 29 MAJ BOS 25 25 0 153.7 137 80 13 133 74 9 6 0 0 0 4.69 1.37
2011 30 MAJ BOS 8 7 0 37.3 32 22 4 26 23 3 3 0 0 0 5.30 1.47
2012 31 A SAL 11 1 0 4.0 6 3 2 3 0 0 1 0 0 0 6.75 1.50
2012 31 AA POR 11 1 0 4.2 3 1 0 7 2 0 0 0 0 0 1.93 1.19
2012 31 AAA PAW 11 11 0 51.0 42 18 6 41 17 1 3 0 0 0 3.18 1.16
2012 31 MAJ BOS 11 11 0 45.7 58 42 11 41 20 1 7 0 0 0 8.28 1.71
2013 32 AAA COL 19 19 0 103.1 93 45 11 95 39 5 8 0 0 0 3.92 1.28
2013 32 MAJ NYM 7 7 0 38.7 32 19 4 33 16 3 3 0 0 0 4.42 1.24
2014 33 A+ ST. 1 1 0 3.0 1 0 0 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.00 0.33
2014 33 A BRO 1 1 0 5.0 2 0 0 7 2 1 0 0 0 0 0.00 0.80
2014 33 AA BIN 1 1 0 6.0 3 1 0 3 0 1 0 0 0 0 1.50 0.50
2014 33 AAA LAS 2 2 0 12.0 7 3 0 12 6 0 0 0 0 0 2.25 1.08
2014 33 MAJ NYM 34 9 0 83.3 62 36 6 78 50 3 3 1 1 3 3.89 1.34
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3-Year Averages     8 8 0 40.6 40 27 6 33 19 2 4 0 0 0 5.99 1.45
Career  (View All)     158 132 0 790.3 721 391 85 720 387 56 43 1 4.45 1.40

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Daisuke Matsuzaka Split Stats    (View Full Split Stats)

Vs. Left

Year Batters K BB H 2B 3B HR BAA
2014142322324834.209
201389181019401.250
2012110231232518.333

Vs. Right

Year Batters K BB H 2B 3B HR BAA
20142174627381112.209
20137715613303.200
201210518826613.280

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Year IP W L SV K BB HR ERA WHIP
201444.3201432722.441.17
201316.312012635.511.22
201224.312025635.181.27

Away

Year IP W L SV K BB HR ERA WHIP
201439.0130352345.541.54
201322.3210211013.631.25
201221.30501614811.812.20
Daisuke Matsuzaka Advanced Stats
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Year Age Lg Tm G GS IP K/9 BB/9 K/BB HR/9 GB/FB Ratio Strand % Fastball ERA FIP BABIP
2007 26 MAJ BOS 32 32 204.7 8.84 3.52 2.51 1.10 0.93 69.5% 4.40 4.04 .306
2008 27 AAA PAW 1 1 5.0 9.00 1.80 5.00 0.00 60% 3.60 1.80 .305
2008 27 MAJ BOS 29 29 167.7 8.27 5.05 1.64 0.64 0.80 80% 91.8 MPH 2.90 4.03 .267
2009 28 R GCL 1 1 3.0 12.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 100% 0.00 0.53 .183
2009 28 AA POR 1 1 2.0 9.00 13.50 0.67 4.50 33.3% 22.50 12.20 .452
2009 28 AAA PAW 4 4 16.0 9.56 3.38 2.83 1.13 88.2% 2.25 4.01 .281
2009 28 MAJ BOS 12 12 59.3 8.19 4.55 1.80 1.52 0.81 72.3% 91.1 MPH 5.76 5.14 .385
2010 29 AAA PAW 3 3 16.2 7.22 0.56 13.00 0.56 81.8% 1.62 3.14 .234
2010 29 MAJ BOS 25 25 153.7 7.79 4.33 1.80 0.76 0.79 66.2% 92.0 MPH 4.69 4.17 .292
2011 30 MAJ BOS 8 7 37.3 6.27 5.54 1.13 0.96 0.61 64.7% 90.3 MPH 5.30 5.13 .261
2012 31 A SAL 11 1 4.0 6.75 0.00 0.00 4.50 75% 6.75 8.20 .326
2012 31 AA POR 11 1 4.2 15.00 4.29 3.50 0.00 80% 1.93 1.30 .382
2012 31 AAA PAW 11 11 51.0 7.24 3.00 2.41 1.06 77.4% 3.18 4.42 .259
2012 31 MAJ BOS 11 11 45.7 8.08 3.94 2.05 2.17 0.94 53.7% 90.9 MPH 8.28 6.05 .349
2013 32 AAA COL 19 19 103.1 8.29 3.40 2.44 0.96 71.9% 3.92 3.97 .295
2013 32 MAJ NYM 7 7 38.7 7.68 3.72 2.06 0.93 0.63 65.9% 88.9 MPH 4.42 4.47 .269
2014 33 A+ ST. 1 1 3.0 9.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 100% 0.00 1.20 .155
2014 33 A BRO 1 1 5.0 12.60 3.60 3.50 0.00 100% 0.00 1.60 .220
2014 33 AA BIN 1 1 6.0 4.50 0.00 0.00 0.00 66.7% 1.50 2.20 .177
2014 33 AAA LAS 2 2 12.0 9.00 4.50 2.00 0.00 76.9% 2.25 2.70 .243
2014 33 MAJ NYM 34 9 83.3 8.42 5.40 1.56 0.65 1.14 71.7% 90.3 MPH 3.89 4.28 .263
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3-Year Averages     8 8 40.6 7.32 4.22 1.74 1.33 60.4% 5.99 4.90 .295
Career     158 132 790.3 8.20 4.41 1.86 0.97 70.1% 4.45 4.29 .297

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2014 Stat Review for Daisuke Matsuzaka    As compared to the top 100 starting pitchers in 2013 (min 140 in)

K/BB/HR Stats

A collection of stats that measure different skills.

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1.56 K/BB
TERRIBLE
8.42 K/9
GOOD
5.40 BB/9
TERRIBLE
90.3 MPH Fastball
WEAK
0.7 HR/9
GREAT
1.14 GB/FB Ratio
MODERATE GROUNDBALLER
ERA/WHIP/FIP

A few general measures of a pitcher's effectiveness.

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3.89 ERA
WEAK
1.34 WHIP
WEAK
4.28 FIP
POOR
BABIP/Strand

Balls in play avg. and % of runners left stranded.

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.263 BABIP
LOW
71.7% Strand Rate
BELOW AVERAGE

Daisuke Matsuzaka: Past News Updates   ( ▲ View most recent update )

Matsuzaka received a cortisone shot Tuesday to treat his elbow inflammation, ESPN New York reports.

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Matsuzaka (elbow), who was just activated off the disabled list Thursday, will remain in New York to see Mets team doctors, ESPNNewYork.com reports.

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Matsuzaka (elbow) was activated from the 15-day DL on Thursday.

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The Mets appear prepared to wait until rosters expand to activate Matsuzaka (elbow), ESPNNewYork.com reports.

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Matsuzaka (elbow) threw an extensive bullpen session Monday that likely will preclude him from starting for Brooklyn of the New York-Penn League on Thursday. In addition, there is a possibility he is activated prior to Sept. 1, ESPN New York reports.

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Matsuzaka (elbow) allowed two hits and two walks while striking out seven in five shutout innings during a rehab start for Brooklyn of the New York-Penn League on Thursday.

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Matsuzaka (elbow) will make another rehab start this week, probably for short-season Brooklyn on Thursday.

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RotoWire's Preseason Outlooks

2014

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2013

Matsuzaka is an unrestricted free agent after six years in the Boston organization. There was some success early on, but we barely remember his 18-win season in 2008. In the end, it was an inability to throw strikes and nibbling that hurt Matsuzaka the most. He averaged 4.3 BB/9 in his career. He wants to stay in the States and some team will take a shot on him, but a move to a pitcher-friendly home park could go a long way toward helping him get back on track.

2012

Matsuzaka was well on his way to his third straight frustrating season when an elbow injury turned into Tommy John surgery. It's unlikely he'll be able to contribute much to Boston this season, which is the final one on the six-year deal he signed in 2006. It's safe to say the Red Sox won't be looking to re-sign the right-hander, who had a tendency to nibble and walked more than four batters per nine innings. It was a pretty rocky tenure with the Red Sox and it may have stifled his desire to pitch in the U.S.

2011

Matsuzaka dealt with a few injuries in 2010, but when healthy he was the same pitcher we've grown accustomed to over his first three years in Boston. He continued to confound, mixing nights of brilliance with nights of nibbling, high pitch counts and early dismissals. In May, he sandwiched a near no-hitter against Philadelphia with two outings in which he was pulled after 4.2 innings. That's a microcosm of Matsuzaka's career in Boston -- he's tough to hit against, but allows too many free baserunners which can lead to big innings. He barely averaged over six innings per start and can be hard on managing a bullpen. While there remains some level of disconnect between him and the organization -- and sometimes his catcher -- he will open 2011 with a spot in the rotation.

2010

It was a troubled year for Matsuzaka following his MVP-stint at the World Baseball Classic. First, a shoulder injury derailed the start of the season, then contributed to the worst stretch of pitching of his career during six starts in May and June. He eventually landed on the disabled list with weakness in the shoulder and didn't get back to action until September, looking much like the pre-injury Matsuzaka: walking a lot of batters and throwing a lot of pitches. In between was a brief contretemps when his critical words about the club's training programs surfaced in a Japanese newspaper. The player and team have made amends and now appear to be on the same page when it comes to his training regimen. However, the injury leaves Matsuzaka as something of a question mark entering the 2010 season. Even with the addition of John Lackey in free agency, it would appear that Matsuzaka has a spot in the rotation if he's healthy, though we'll need to see how he looks in spring training.

2009

Matsuzaka lived on a fault line for much of the season, walking way too many batters, but not surrendering the big hit. He led the league in walks (94) and batting average against at .211. The walks have been a problem for him since he arrived in 2007, but he became much better pitching from the stretch. Despite the 2008 success, you get the feeling Matsuzaka is capable of giving up a big inning at any time of the game. Along with Josh Beckett and Jon Lester, Matsuzaka makes up one MLB's better rotations.

2008

Matsuzaka had moments of brilliance during 2007, but also struggled for stretches. He didn't pitch well from the stretch and had a propensity to give up the big inning. Matsuzaka wasn't very good in September, and the transition from pitching every sixth day to every fifth day appeared to challenge him. The Red Sox handle their pitchers very carefully and will work to improve Matsuzaka's between-starts regimen. His second season in the States should go better than his first.

2007

Matsuzaka had a breakout performance at the WBC and followed that up with a monster year in Japan last season, going 17-5, with a 2.13 ERA in 25 starts, with an 0.93 WHIP and an awesome 213:36 K:BB in 186.1 IP. Matsuzaka threw 118 or more pitches in 15 starts, including eight outings with 130 or more and a high of 145. However, only once did Matsuzaka pitch on less than six days' rest last season. Even with those high pitch counts, Matsuzaka unofficially threw 2907 pitches in league play last season, which would have ranked just 67th in MLB. It will be very interesting to see Matsuzaka's workload transition. Matsuzaka's fastballs almost always record in the 90s, topping out at 98 mph. He also has a plus curve, slider, change and splitter, not to mention the mysterious "gyroball," which may be a knuckle curve. The transition from Japan to MLB is never a sure thing, but no one (not even Ichiro) ever made the trip with more talent than Matsuzaka.

2006

Matsuzaka is of interest only to keeper league owners in 2006, as his Japanese club stopped him from trying to sign with a major league team this winter. He's Japan's best pitcher at the moment and had a Roger Clemens-type year in 2005 (2.30 ERA, 1.03 WHIP, a 226-to-49 strikeout-to-walk ratio in 215 innings, but only a 15-14 won-loss mark). Turns 26 in September; he's not eligible for free agency until after the 2008 season., but speculation increases that Seibu will allow Matsuzaka to come to America after 2006 via the posting system. You can see Matsuzaka's stats in Japan through 2005 at japanesebaseball.com.

2005

Right now, the best pitcher in the world that's not in a major league uniform.

2004

You can see Matsuzaka's career stats from Japan here at japanesebaseball.com .