Originally written on Mets360.com  |  Last updated 9/26/13
After a dreadful beginning with the Mets, Daisuke Matsuzaka has pitched fabulously over his last four starts, posting a 3-0 record while recording a quality outing in each of last three starts (only missing a quality outing by one/third of an inning in the start before this stretch). Matsuzaka was simply dominant in the Mets’ 1-0 victory over the Cincinnati Reds on Wednesday afternoon, limiting the Reds to zero runs on four hits and two walks (with six strikeouts) in 7 2/3 innings pitched In his last four starts, Matsuzaka has completed 26 1/3 innings while giving up just four earned runs on 13 hits and nine walks while also striking out 21 batters. Can this stretch of good pitching ensure a return for Matsuzaka in orange and blue? Well, we all know the Mets staff is built on youth and upside and Matsuzaka is the antithesis of that premise. The 33-year-old Japanese veteran is clearly on the back-9 of his career, after pitching most of his career in Boston to mixed results. In the of...
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