Much, much better was Steven Matz today for the Mets. Hammered by St. Louis in his previous start, Matz was everything the Mets could have hoped for in today’s 3-2 victory at Washington.
Once again Matz threw too many pitches for the innings worked – 93 over five innings – but this time for the most part he avoided getting hit. He allowed three singles, walked two and struck out eight while giving up an unearned run.
“There was a lot more confidence,’’ manager Mickey Callaway said. “Total conviction on most of his pitches. You could see it in the way he released the ball. He did a great job of making an adjustment.’’
Matz said pitching coach Dave Eiland helped him finish off his pitches.
“It was just a minor adjustment, something I was doing in spring training as well early on, just not having that last bit of conviction with my pitch,’’ Matz said. “Mentally and physically as well, just finishing.’’
BORN TO RUN: Mets’ pitching has been terrific so far, but an old nemesis resurfaced today as the Nationals stole five bases. Even so, the Mets still managed to escape. That’s a problem that must be corrected because they won’t always be so lucky as they were today.
“We have to do a better job,’’ Callaway said. “We don’t want runners going at will against us.’’
Matz gave up for stolen bases but said he wasn’t worried, “because none of them scored,’’ which isn’t the right attitude to have.
ROSARIO MAKES SENSE LEADING OFF: They won’t do it now because you never want to mess with a streak, but if Amed Rosario stays hot, shouldn’t the Mets consider moving him to the leadoff spot? After all, he’s the fastest Met.
“That feels great, especially how the game was,” said Lagares. “I felt great in the moment.’’