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.
It'd be an interesting move and not really unheard of either. Dice-K has a 2.08 ERA (1.18 FIP) and a 14.54 K/9 over 4.1 relief innings this year. He may not have high heat, but he's got reasonable command of four pitches and just might make for a decent choice if he can keep the walk rate to a minimum. Collins may start using him in more high-leverage situations to see how he responds.ANALYST: Howard Bender
Phillies recalled Cody Asche from Triple-A Lehigh Valley.
The Phillies seem ready to commit to Asche as their new starting left fielder which certainly gums up the outfield configuration for veterans like Ben Revere, Grady Sizemore and Jeff Francoeur. It also displaces Darin Ruf. While they may be happy with the defensive work he did down in the minors, Asche's bat never really heated up, so the team is still going to have some serious offensive woes. This plan may have looked good on paper, but it should be re-visited in a couple of weeks to see how things are panning out. Analysis: Howard Bender