Matz (7-6) took the loss on Monday, allowing four runs in five innings against the Cubs. The lefty allowed eight hits, walked one, and struck out five. The 25-year-old lefty has now lost five straight decisions for the Mets, watching his ERA rise from 2.39 to 3.56 in the process. That being said, Matz has still allowed just nine runs over his last three starts. The lefty will make his next start Sunday against the Marlins.
Matz will start the Mets' third game after the All-Star break, Sunday against the Phillies, Anthony DiComo of MLB.com reports. Bartolo Colon will start Friday and then be followed by Logan Verrett, Matz, Jacob deGrom and Noah Syndergaard. The Mets were looking to give Matz, deGrom and Syndergaard some additional rest and accomplish this by starting Colon and Verrett the first two games after the break. Matz is pitching with a "significant" bone spur in his elbow that will require surgery after the season but the injury won't cause any additional damage to his arm. He is taking anti-inflammatory medicine on the day he starts to help him make it through each outing and Matz has said he is more at ease on the mound knowing the injury won't cause long-term damage.
Matz (7-5) allowed three runs on six hits and four walks over seven innings Sunday, striking out five, to take the loss against the Nationals. Daniel Murphy's two-run shot in the first inning put the Mets in a hole they couldn't recover from, but Matz did his best to keep them in the game afterwards despite some control issues. The lefty now hasn't won a game in eight starts, but his 4.47 ERA and 40:14 K:BB in 46.1 innings over that stretch isn't exactly terrible. The Mets will need him to be a bit sharper, as well as providing Matz with a bit more run support, if they're going to make a move up the standings in the second half.
Matz (7-4) took a hard loss Tuesday against the Marlins. He tossed seven quality innings, allowing two runs on six hits and one walk while striking out six. The lefty was cruising and seemed to have a tight grip on a 1-0 lead deep into the ballgame, until Giancarlo Stanton mashed a two-run shot in the top of the seventh to turn the tables on Matz and the Mets. Overall, it was an encouraging outing for the sophomore after his last two outings were disappointments. Matz is scheduled to toe the rubber once more before the break when he faces the Nationals on Sunday.
Matz (7-3) allowed three runs on seven hits and three walks while striking out six over 5.1 innings, but received no decision Thursday against the Cubs. Matz, who had his start pushed back two days due to an elbow issue, gave up homers in the first and sixth innings to account for all three runs he allowed, but the offense came up big after his departure to take him off the hook for a potential loss. He's now failed to post a quality start in three of his last four outings, and his ERA has risen to 3.40. He'll make his next start Tuesday against the Marlins.