Shortly after signing Daisuke Matsuzaka to their major league roster, the New York Mets (58-67) will ask him to stop the deadly Detroit Tigers (74-53) lineup. Matsuzaka will make his first major league start in almost a year against a star studded Tiger lineup. After losing both Jennry Meija and Jeremy Hefner, the Mets are hoping the 32-year-old will inject some life into the Met rotation. Matsuzaka spent the early part of this season on Cleveland’s Triple A roster, posting 5-8 record with a 3.92 ERA.
Last year with Boston, Matsuzaka went 1-8 with a 8.28 ERA in just 11 starts. Despite helping the Red Sox to the World Series title in 2007, Matsuzaka is just 17-21 since 2009. Matsuzaka boasts a career 4-1 record in six starts against Detroit, but Detroit’s big hitters have had some success. Miguel Cabrera (4 for 9, 1 HR) and Prince Fielder (2-3, 2 doubles). Luckily for Matsuzaka, the Detroit offense has struggled recently, hitting just .228 with runners in scoring position over their last 14 games (6-8 record).
Detroit will counter with righty, Doug Fister (10-6, 3.63 ERA). Fister has struggled recently, posting a 0-1 record and a 4.42 ERA over his last three starts. Fister has never faced the Mets and the Tigers are 0-4 on the road in Interleague play.
Pick: We’re getting some value, so today’s pick is the Detroit Tigers money line (-165). The Tigers are coming off a frustrating home loss to the Minnesota Twins and the Mets have dropped six of their last ten games. The Tigers should find some early success against the erratic Daisuke.