Matz (5-2) allowed three earned runs on eight hits while striking out four across five innings to earn the win over the Astros on Saturday. Matz picked up his fifth win Saturday, tying him for the most wins in the American League. The bulk of his damage came from a two-run home run by Yordan Alvarez in the fourth inning. The 30-year-old has struggled with the long ball, holding a 1.46 HR/9, which is ninth-highest in all of baseball. However, he didn't walk anyone in a start for the first time this season. Matz carries a 4.86 ERA and 1.27 WHIP through 37 innings.
Matz (4-2) allowed five runs on seven hits and a walk over five innings Monday, striking out six and taking a loss against Oakland. The Athletics got to Matz early, scoring three runs in the second inning including a two-run shot by Stephen Piscotty. He later served up another two-run homer, this time off the bat of Ramon Laureano. His season ERA spiked to 4.78 with a 33:10 K:BB over 32 innings. Matz is lined up to take the mound in Houston this weekend.
Matz (4-1) took the loss Wednesday as the Blue Jays fell 8-2 to the Nationals, coughing up six runs on eight hits and a walk over 3.2 innings. He struck out two. While the southpaw wasn't hit especially hard -- only one of the eight hits, a Josh Harrison homer, went for extra bases -- it was still his worst start of the year so far. He threw 54 of 80 pitches for strikes and doubled the number of earned runs on his ledger. Matz will carry a 4.00 ERA and 27:9 K:BB through 27 innings into his next outing.
Matz (4-0) allowed three runs on five hits and two walks while striking out seven in five innings to earn the win against the Rays on Friday. Matz began Friday's game with four scoreless innings, but he gave up a three-run home run with no outs in the fifth frame. However, he still picked up his fourth win in as many starts since the Blue Jays put up four runs in the first inning. Matz now carries a 2.31 ERA and 0.94 WHIP in 23.1 innings to begin the season. His next start should come at home against the Nationals on Wednesday.
Matz (3-0) picked up the win in the first game of Saturday's doubleheader against the Royals, allowing one run on two hits and two walks over six innings while striking out five. The southpaw has been outstanding to begin the season, reeling off three straight quality starts and giving up only one run in each of them. Matz tossed 48 of 82 pitches for strikes in Saturday's effort, and he'll take a 1.47 ERA and 18:6 K:BB through 18.1 innings into his next start Friday in Tampa Bay.
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