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Daisuke Matsuzaka

33-Year-Old Pitcher – New York Mets

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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.

April 16, 2014  –  Daisuke Matsuzaka News

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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 AAA Las 2 2 0 12.0 7 3 0 12 6 0 0 0 0 0 2.25 1.08
2014 RotoWire Projections MAJ   Subscribe now to see our 2014 projections for Daisuke Matsuzaka
3-Year Averages MAJ   8 8 0 40.6 40 27 6 33 19 2 4 0 0 0 5.99 1.45
Career  (View All) MAJ   124 123 0 707.0 659 355 79 642 337 53 40 0 4.52 1.41

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Daisuke Matsuzaka Game Log    (View Full Game Log)
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Daisuke Matsuzaka Split Stats    (View Full Split Stats)

Vs. Left

Year Batters K BB H 2B 3B HR BAA
201389181019401.250
2012110231232518.333
2011103181822203.259

Vs. Right

Year Batters K BB H 2B 3B HR BAA
20137715613303.200
201210518826613.280
2011648510101.172

Home

Year IP W L SV K BB HR ERA WHIP
201316.312012635.511.22
201224.312025635.181.27
201124.3220151737.031.73

Away

Year IP W L SV K BB HR ERA WHIP
201322.3210211013.631.25
201221.30501614811.812.20
201113.011011612.081.00
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 .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 AAA Las 2 2 12.0 9.00 4.50 2.00 0.00 76.9% 2.25 2.70 .243
2014 Projections MAJ   Subscribe now to see our 2014 projections for Daisuke Matsuzaka
3-Year Averages MAJ   8 8 40.6 7.32 4.22 1.74 1.33 60.4% 5.99 4.90 .295
Career MAJ   124 123 707.0 8.17 4.29 1.91 1.01 69.9% 4.52 4.31 .300

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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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2.00 K/BB
POOR
9.00 K/9
GREAT
4.50 BB/9
TERRIBLE
0.0 MPH Fastball
TERRIBLE
0.0 HR/9
ELITE
0.00 GB/FB Ratio
EXTREME FLYBALLER
ERA/WHIP/FIP

A few general measures of a pitcher's effectiveness.

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2.25 ERA
ELITE
1.08 WHIP
GREAT
2.70 FIP
ELITE
BABIP/Strand

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

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.243 BABIP
LOW
76.9% Strand Rate
ABOVE AVERAGE

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Worst Matchups for Daisuke Matsuzaka (by OPS against, min 8 AB)

Batter Team AB H HR RBI BB K SB AVG SLG OPS
Miguel Cabrera DET 12 6 2 6 2 1 0 .500 1.000 1.571
Chone Figgins LA 8 5 0 0 6 1 1 .625 .750 1.536
Matt Wieters BAL 13 7 1 6 2 1 0 .538 .923 1.523
Grady Sizemore BOS 8 4 1 2 0 2 0 .500 1.000 1.500
Curtis Granderson NY-N 17 7 2 6 1 1 0 .412 .824 1.245
John Buck SEA 10 5 0 1 0 3 0 .500 .700 1.155
Mark Teixeira NY-A 13 5 0 1 3 5 3 .385 .615 1.145
Brian Roberts NY-A 23 10 0 0 5 5 0 .435 .609 1.144
Jason Kubel MIN 16 8 0 2 3 3 0 .500 .563 1.141
Justin Morneau COL 15 6 1 2 0 4 0 .400 .733 1.133

Best Matchups for Daisuke Matsuzaka (by OPS against, min 8 AB)

Batter Team AB H HR RBI BB K SB AVG SLG OPS
Michael Cuddyer COL 11 1 0 0 1 4 0 .091 .182 .348
Alberto Callaspo OAK 8 1 0 0 1 2 0 .125 .125 .347
Trevor Crowe DET 9 1 0 1 1 1 1 .111 .111 .311
Travis Buck SD 13 2 0 1 0 6 1 .154 .154 .308
Maicer Izturis TOR 11 1 0 0 0 1 1 .091 .182 .273
Kelly Johnson NY-A 11 1 0 0 1 3 0 .091 .091 .258
Jose Bautista TOR 19 2 0 0 0 4 1 .105 .105 .211
Jhonny Peralta STL 13 0 0 0 2 3 0 .000 .000 .133
Dan Johnson TOR 8 0 0 0 1 2 0 .000 .000 .111
Melky Cabrera TOR 10 0 0 0 1 0 0 .000 .000 .091

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

Matsuzaka was optioned to Triple-A Las Vegas on Saturday.

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The Mets paid Matsuzaka $100,000 on Tuesday, preserving the right to send him to the minors and buying the team time to decide if Matsuzaka or Jenrry Mejia opens the year as the team's fifth starter, ESPN New York reports.

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Matsuzaka, attempting to solidify his hold on the fifth starter spot, allowed one earned in six-plus innings Monday.

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Matsuzaka and Jenrry Mejia are believed to be in a dead heat for fifth-starter job, Newsday's Marc Craig reports.

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Matsuzaka solidified his hold on the fifth starter spot Thursday, allowing one run on three hits while striking out four in 3.2 innings against the Nationals, ESPN New York reports.

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Matsuzaka allowed one run in two innings in his spring training debut against the Cardinals on Sunday.

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Matsuzaka signed a minor league contract with the Mets on Friday that includes an invite to spring training, MLB.com reports.

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Mets GM Sandy Alderson has expressed some interest in bringing back Matsuzaka, JapanBall.com reports.

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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 .