Steven Matz insists there’s nothing wrong with his elbow, but that doesn’t mean all is right with how he is pitching. To the contrary, the Mets’ left-hander has pitched poorly for most of the season, with his last five decisions all losses over seven starts, and being tagged for 31 runs in that span.
Matz is 2-6 with a 5.54 ERA and opponents are hitting a staggering .299 against him. Long gone is the idea of having a good or even a decent season. All this begs the question: Can Matz salvage his season and find something to build on for next year?
“My biggest concern is making pitches when it counts,” Matz said. “I have to do better with runners in scoring position”
In his last start, Saturday in Philadelphia, Matz lost 3-1, but it was the first time in his last seven starts that he gave up fewer than three runs.
If you’re thinking Matz could be better at home, think again. Opponents are hitting .386 against him at Citi Field, where he has a 9.33 ERA this year.