The Mets know what was wrong today with Steven Matz, but what they don’t know is why. Matz gave up seven runs on nine hits in one-plus innings in the worst start of his short career.
That told Collins that although Matz was throwing hard, his pitches lacked movement and his location wasn’t there.
“I don’t care how good your stuff is, you can’t do that in this league,’’ Collins said.
The Rockies scored four in the first and three in the second on Nolan Arenado‘s homer.
Matz seemed shell-shocked.
“It all happened so quick, to be honest,’’ Matz said. “The balls were just over the heart of the plate, and they were able to get their barrels to it. I was giving them a chance with where I was missing.
“It’s just not the way you write it up. It’s frustrating, but I’ve got to flush it. I got another start coming up in five days, and I’ve got to prepare for that and try and learn from my mistakes here and just keep going.’’
But, he said something similar after the Cardinals ripped him in his last start prior to the break. Considering, this funk hit Matz all at once, and that he spent the first two months of the season on the disabled list following elbow surgery, possibly he hit a physical wall.
It’s been two bad starts. Will there be a third?