I think we're all fooling ourselves. Matsuzaka is going to absolutely suck this year. He sucked from 2009-2012. He sucked in his first 3 starts with us last year. Then in mid September he put together 4 consecutive good starts, 2 of which were against dead corpse teams. Then he follows it up with a mediocre spring.
He has nothing. What are the Mets hanging on to here? He was never that great to begin with, the league figured out Matsuzaka long ago.
If he does, no prob, really...Mejia gets into the rotation that much faster (as he should).
I'm not expecting much from Dice myself...when I say "if he pitches well", it's more of a pipe-dream scenario than me thinking it's actually going to happen. But it all goes back to why Sandy and Freddy should have kept their mouths shut about 90...teams that truly think they can win 90 games don't have a potential stiff like Dice in their rotation. Mejia is clearly the guy with better upside and has done nothing to lose this battle to Dice, and the fact that it's clear that Dice went in as the guy to beat is a joke.
Dice should be here for one reason and one reason only: depth. He's the guy you call up when someone gets hurt through mid to late June. Once Syndergaard, Montero and deGrom get past their Super Two status, then Dice should literally not pitch for anyone except Vegas for the rest of the season, unless just about EVERYONE in that rotation somehow goes down with injuries.
But anyway, by June whatever, here's what the depth chart should be...the guys already here aren't listed in any particular order:
Niese (he will miss time at some point...if you're getting two friggin' MRIs before the season starts, there's problems, and he's always been fragile)
Mejia (glad he's going to start at Vegas, in that at least he'll still be getting a starter's workload)
Syndergaard, Montero, deGrom (a little wait-and-see with these three, as to who deserves the first call-up, but I'd like to think they're all going to get some major-league innings this year...someone other than Niese is going to get hurt this season)
Dice K below all of the above, unless all of the young guys are having lousy seasons in AAA, which doesn't seem likely.
Edited by Colorado Rockies 1976, 25 March 2014 - 06:10 AM.