Watching Steven Matz toy with the Marlins tonight I couldn’t help but wonder what might have been or what could be. The Mets were supposed to go deep into the playoffs this season with five starters and two reliable reserves just in case something happened.
Well, something did happen and six of those pitchers have spent some time on the disabled list.
Matz is back and going strong, working into the seventh inning in three of his last four starts, including seven scoreless in beating the Marlins, 8-0.
“It’s going to take pitching if we’re going to get back into this thing,’’ Collins said.
Matz was superb despite only four strikeouts as he pitched to contact.
“I let them put the ball in play,’’ Matz said. “I got a lot of groundball outs  and that helps me go deep into games.’’
Matz’s control was on tonight as he not only painted the corners but brushed Giancarlo Stanton off the plate, something Mets’ pitchers don’t always do.
Even should all those things materialize, the Mets are in such a hole that catching the Nationals isn’t likely to happen, but .500 is within reach.
Perhaps more importantly – and you can decide for yourself whether it is good or bad – the Mets open the second half with ten straight at home, which could make them competitive enough to where it could decide their direction at the trade deadline.