Browsing Archive August, 2013

Mets Sign Daisuke Matsuzaka

The Mets have signed Daisuke Matsuzaka and announced he will start on Friday against the Tigers. Greg Burke will be sent down to AAA to make room for Dice-K on the roster.

See ESPN-NY for some facts and figures for Dice-K.

The deal makes good sense to me. The Mets have absolutely no one to fill the starts and innings that soon will be available when Zack Wheeler and Matt Harvey are shut down — not to mention the hole opened up with Jeremy Hefner going on the DL.

Though, there is a shred of me that recalls Hideo Nomo, Pete Harnisch, and/or Freddy Garcia … and wondering if Dice-K will crap the bed while in Flushing, then move on to reinvent himself somewhere else.

Thoughts?

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Link Roundup: d’Arnaud Stays, Gee on the Money

With John Buck returning from paternity leave tonight, the Mets have decided to keep Travis d’Arnaud in the majors as their starting catcher.

The Mets feel d’Arnaud, the centerpiece of the trade that sent R.A. Dickey to the Blue Jays, has learned all he can at Triple-A. It’s time for him to learn the game at the big-league level, and most importantly, develop an on-field rapport with the pitching staff.

D’Arnaud is 0 for his first 7 at bats with 5 walks. He hit .304/.487/.554 during his injury-shortened stint in Las Vegas.

Anthony Recker has been sent down to Triple-A to make room. He’ll likely be back with the Mets when rosters expand on September 1. Terry Collins has been pleased with Recker, in particular how he handled pitchers and provided a little pop off the bench.

Buck, meanwhile, will serve as d’Arnaud’s backup most of the time. Imagine the uncomfortable dinner conversation between John and his son years from now.

Dillon Gee has been on fire over the past three months, posting an ERA of 2.27 since May 30th. In particular, his changeup has been outstanding.

On the occasion of Marlon Byrd‘s 20th homer of the season, Faith and Fear looks back at other Mets who have hit 20 or more in a season.

Real Dirty draws parallels between the Mets and Pirates, and wonders if the 2014 Mets can echo the success Pittsburgh is enjoying this year.

To do so, they’ll have to make some upgrades, particularly in the outfield, and maybe shortstop.

The Mets begin a two-game series with the first-place Braves tonight at Citi Field. For recaps and reactions, keep checking out Mets Today.

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