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Terry Collins says Daisuke Matsuzaka could be Mets' closer

By Dayn Perry | Baseball Writer

Are you looking at the Mets' next closer? Maybe. (USATSI)
Are you looking at the Mets' next closer? Maybe. (USATSI)

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Mets right-hander Daisuke Matsuzaka has but four career relief appearances to his credit, but already manager Terry Collins is eye-balling him as a potential closer this season. Thanks to the season-ending injury to incumbent closer Bobby Parnell (Tommy John surgery), the Mets are presently trotting out 38-year-old Kyle Farnsworth to protect ninth-inning leads. While Farnsworth has been quite effective in the role to date, there's no guarantee he can remain so.

When asked about the possibility of using Dice-K as a closer at some point, Collins confirmed that he's a candidate (source: Mike Puma, New York Post) and then cited Matsuzaka's improved control as part of his thinking. Actually, Matsuzaka's walk percentage since joining the Mets is right in line with career norms, so it's hard to tease out much improvement on that front.

Indeed, Dice-K seems an odd choice, what with his occasional lack of command and somewhat "irresolute" approach on the mound. The Mets, though, aren't long on options, and as recent history has shown us time and again, it's a lot easier to concoct a closer than many seem to realize.

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