If you’re of the belief Steven Matz will be a good pitcher, one worthy of winning the NL Rookie of the Year, then there’s nothing to worry about. After all, disastrous starts will happen, and that was the case Monday night.
Matz was rocked for seven runs in 1.2 innings as the Mets were routed 10-3 by Miami. And, what would a loss to the Marlins be without a Giancarlo Stanton bomb?
Matz did a lot of things wrong. He walked two to start the second inning; he got the ball up; he gave up four hits after getting two strikes.
What Matz didn’t do was make excuses and quickly dismissed a postgame question about being rusty from going 10 days between starts.
“I don’t think so,’’ Matz told reporters. “The second inning got away from me really quickly. … It wasn’t very good.’’
But every pitcher gets ripped from time to time, no matter how good they are.
Matz said he would look at video to check his mechanics. He’ll also work in the bullpen with pitching coach Dan Warthen.Matz said he’s usually very hard on himself, but he will be better served if he tries to grasp something catcher Travis d’Arnaud said: “It happens to everyone.’’
Matz said he’s usually very hard on himself, but he will be better served if he tries to grasp something catcher Travis d’Arnaud said: “It happens to everyone.’’
If anything, the Mets should be more concerned about their bullpen – which worked 7.2 innings – than Matz.But, let’s not worry about Matz. It’s way too early to panic.
But, let’s not worry about Matz. It’s way too early to panic.
Here are the nuts-and-bolts about the Mets’ third straight loss:
GAME #6: Marlins 10, at Mets 3. Record: 2-4. Streak: L 3
SUMMARY: Matz gave up seven runs in the second inning. The listless Mets’ offense had seven hits.
KEY MOMENT: Stanton’s two-run homer in the second chased Matz.
THUMBS UP: You want to hold me to this? OK. Yoenis Cespedes had two more hits for continued breakout signs. … David Wright also had two hits. … Addison Reed struck out four in 1.2 innings in relief. … Jacob deGrom’s wife finally went into labor.
THUMBS DOWN: Pretty much everything else. Didn’t I write that, yesterday? … Another 0-for-4 from Curtis Granderson. … The Mets were 1-for-7 RISP and stranded eight runners. … Eight more strikeouts.
QUOTEBOOK: “We know he’s better than that.’’ – Manager Terry Collins on Matz.
BY THE NUMBERS: 29: Strikeouts by Mets’ hitters in the last three games.