Matz (2-7) failed to make it out of the fourth inning during his loss to the Yankees, giving up seven runs (six earned) on seven hits while striking out four in 3.1 innings. The night started out rough for Matz, giving up a three-run homer in the first inning to Gary Sanchez before being pulled in the fourth after allowing four more runs to score. Matz, who was once thought to be one of many talented young arms in the Mets' organization, now has an ERA of 6.08 and is failing to live up to expectations.
Matz (2-6) allowed two runs on four hits and two walks while striking out one over 5.2 innings to take the loss Saturday against the Phillies. Matz had fired four shutout innings before giving up a pair of runs in the fifth, but overall he kept the Mets in the game with his solid outing. Despite throwing well against the Phillies, this was the first time in seven starts that he's allowed fewer than three runs, and his ERA is now 5.54. Unless he starts to put together a few strong outings, he's a difficult player to trust in fantasy lineups. He'll make his next start Thursday against the Yankees.
Matz allowed five earned runs on six hits across 5.1 innings in a 8-0 loss to the Dodgers on Sunday. He walked two and struck out seven. The loss, Matz's fifth of the season, extends his winless streak to seven starts, as his last victory came on June 28 in Miami. The third-year big-leaguer's ugly 5.77 ERA and 1.51 WHIP are far worse than his career marks of 3.72 and 1.28, so owners should keep their fingers crossed for some positive regression in the season's final stretch.
Matz gave up three runs on six hits and two walks over five-plus innings in a no-decision against the Rockies on Tuesday. He struck out two. For a while, Matz was in the midst of a stunningly good Coors Field start, only to fall apart in the sixth inning, when he allowed a single, a double, a three-run homer by Nolan Arenado, then another double before manager Terry Collins came with the hook. It's been a rough year for the lefty, as his 5.50 ERA will attest, and there's a simple reason for that: Opposing hitters are barreling him up more while swinging and missing much less. There's still reason to believe in Matz's long-term potential, but this is clearly not his year, so owners in shallower leagues may want to cut ties. He'll draw another tough matchup against the Dodgers on Sunday.
Matz (2-4) surrendered six runs on nine hits over three innings in Wednesday's 6-3 loss to the Padres. He struck out four. The southpaw lasted just 66 pitches (46 strikes) before getting the hook, as five of San Diego's nine hits off him went for extra bases. After posting a 2.12 ERA and 1.03 WHIP in his first five starts of the year, Matz has completely regressed and been tagged with a 14.18 ERA and 2.70 WHIP over his last four outings. His 12:2 K:BB in 13.1 innings over that stretch offers a glimmer of hope that he can turn things around, but with his next trip to the mound coming Tuesday at Coors Field, he should be nowhere near an active fantasy roster right now.
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