Daisuke Matsuzaka tossed three scoreless innings for Single-A St. Lucie on Monday night against Bradenton. Matsuzaka allowed one hit and struck out three in a 39-pitch effort.
Dice-K is expected to return within the next few weeks. He threw 26 of his 39 pitches for strikes. It's unknown, however, what his role will be with the Mets. He threw multiple innings, so it seems he's being rehabbed as a starter, but Rafael Montero was recently promoted to take the place of the injured Jacob deGrom. Should Montero struggle, Dice-K would be next in line. Until then, he'll either bide his time at Triple-A or function as the long man in Queens. ANALYST:
Jonathan Gray is expected to start for the Rockies Tuesday.
Gray was the third overall pick in 2013, but his minor league numbers have not exactly lived up to his lofty draft status. In 21 games at Triple-A this season, Gray has a 4.33 ERA, 3.89 FIP and 2.68 K/BB rate. While he probably needs to be owned in deeper leagues and keeper leagues, it is going to be awfully hard to feel confident starting him in Coors until he has some big league success. He could be a sneaky tournament play for DFS Tuesday against the strikeout-prone Mariners, but Gray could easily give up five home runs as well. Analysis: Steve Pimental
Lucas Duda went 2-for-4 with a two-run home run against the Nationals on Sunday.
Duda is absolutely on fire and is a must-start until he shows signs of slowing down. He became the first Mets player in franchise history to hit nine home runs in an eight-game span after his 21st bomb of the season tonight. Duda was middling around this summer until coming on strong this past week. In his last eight games he has nine homers, 11 hits and a ridiculous 1.393 slugging percentage. This is obviously something Duda won’t be able to keep up, but until he drops off keep him in your lineup. Analysis: Zack Carpenter