Matzek (0-2) was tagged with the loss Tuesday in a 3-1 loss to the Yankees, giving up two runs on two hits and a walk without recording an out.
The southpaw entered the game to begin the eighth inning with the score tied 1-1 and promptly loaded the bases, then had to watch as Nate Jones uncorked a wild pitch to bring around an inherited runner and issued a bases-loaded walk to tack another run onto Matzek's ledger. The runs were the first Matzek has allowed this season, and he still sports a 2.35 ERA and 14:5 K:BB through 7.2 innings with three holds in nine appearances.
Matzek (0-1) allowed a single and struck out the side in the 10th inning, getting the loss in Wednesday's 6-5 defeat against Miami.
Another casualty of the rule putting a runner on second to start extra innings, Matzek suffered the loss despite pitching phenomenally. After yielding a leadoff RBI double, the flame-throwing lefty struck out the next three batters on 12 pitches, only one of which was a ball. Matzek struggled with control in spring training and in his first few regular-season appearances, but he hasn't walked a batter in his last three innings pitched. The veteran's ERA remains at 0.00 through 5.2 early season innings, and he looks capable of replicating his breakout performance from 2020.
Matzek has posted a 2.25 ERA and 12:5 K:BB through eight innings this spring.
The run prevention is nice, but Matzek has had a little trouble getting the ball over the plate consistently, an issue that plagued him in the past prior to his remarkable comeback in 2020. The left-hander has the strikeout stuff to get out of jams and is still expected to fill a high-leverage role in the Atlanta bullpen to begin the season, but if he can't rein in the walks he could slip down the pecking order quickly.
Matzek (4-3) picked up the win in Monday's 5-4 victory over the Marlins, walking two and striking out three over two scoreless innings of relief.
Huascar Ynoa got the start but left after three innings due to a cracked fingernail on his pitching hand, opening the door for Matzek to enter the game with Atlanta ahead and earn credit for the win. The southpaw has made a successful return to the majors this season, posting a 3.04 ERA, 1.13 WHIP and 38:9 K:BB through 26.2 innings, primarily in middle relief.
Matzek (3-2) picked up the win Wednesday over the Red Sox, walking one and striking out three over 1.1 scoreless innings of relief.
He became the pitcher of record when Atlanta took the lead for the first time in the top of the seventh. Matzek threw 17 of 26 pitches for strikes as he continues to rack up whiffs -- on the season, the southpaw has a 24:5 K:BB through 16.2 innings to go along with a 3.24 ERA and 1.26 WHIP.
Matzek (2-1) took the loss Wednesday versus the Yankees, allowing two runs on three hits and a walk while striking out two in 2.1 innings.
Matzek served in a primary pitcher role Wednesday, but the two runs he allowed in the fourth inning were enough to stick him with the loss. It's the first appearance where Matzek has allowed runs this season -- he has a 1.80 ERA, 1.10 WHIP and 12 strikeouts in 10 innings while primarily working in the middle innings.
Matzek (2-0) fired 1.2 scoreless innings as he earned the win in Game 1 of Sunday's doubleheader against the Phillies. He allowed no hits and two walks while striking out one.
Matzek has been sharp out of the bullpen to begin the season as he still hasn't allowed any runners to cross the plate, and he was rewarded with his second win in his last three appearances during the first game of Sunday's doubleheader. Despite his recent string of victories, the left-hander has limited fantasy value as a middle reliever.
Matzek (1-0) tossed two scoreless innings as he earned the win Sunday against the Mets. He allowed two runs and no walks while striking out four.
Matzek earned a role as a middle reliever for the Braves out of summer camp, and he's fired 5.1 shutout innings with a 9:0 K:BB to begin the season. He was rewarded with his first win of the season after starter Kyle Wright was unable to last long enough to qualify for a decision, but Matzek's fantasy value is limited within Atlanta's crowded bullpen this season.
Matzek was added to the Braves' 30-man roster Thursday.
Matzek was competing for a job in the bullpen during spring training and summer camp, and he was rewarded with a spot on the 30-man roster to begin the season. The 29-year-old last appeared in the majors with the Rockies in 2015, but he posted a 7.20 ERA and 21:10 K:BB over 15 innings in the minors last season. Matzek should pitch mainly in lower-leverage situations this year.
Matzek will be a part of the Braves' 60-man roster, Gabe Burns of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports.
Matzek hasn't appeared in the majors since 2015 as a result of anxiety issues that forced him out of organized baseball in 2016. However, he spent the 2019 season in the minors and had struck out 10 while tossing 4.2 scoreless innings in spring training this year prior to the suspension of play. The 29-year-old could be a contender to make some appearances out of Atlanta's bullpen this season.
Matzek has allowed only one hit and posted a 0.00 ERA and 7:0 K:BB through 3.2 innings of relief this spring.
The southpaw was the 11th overall pick in the 2009 draft, but after climbing steadily through the Rockies' system he developed anxiety issues in the majors and couldn't find the plate, eventually washing out of organized baseball in 2016. Per David O'Brien of The Athletic, Matzek has since learned to put himself in a better mental space and rebuilt his mechanics in independent ball, and he was rewarded with a minor-league deal by Atlanta last year. The 29-year-old isn't on the 40-man roster and is still a long shot to break camp in the Braves' bullpen, but even resuming his pro career is a major accomplishment, and he could be on the cusp of returning to The Show.
Matzek signed a minor-league contract with Arizona on Tuesday, Robert Murray of The Athletic reports.
Matzek has made 24 starts and one relief appearance in the big leagues, though none have come since 2015. The southpaw has been out of affiliated baseball since 2016. Last season with the Texas AirHogs of the independent American Association, he threw 88.2 innings with an unimpressive 5.89 ERA.
The Mariners released Matzek from Saturday, Chris Cotillo of SB Nation reports.
Matzek signed a minor-league contract with the Mariners in February. The 2009 first-round pick last pitched in the majors for the Rockies in 2015 and did not pitch in the minors after being released by the White Sox last spring.
Matzek signed a minor league deal with the White Sox on Friday, Matt Eddy of Baseball America reports.
The former Rockie struggled as a starter with the Rockies in 2014 and 2015 before spending the 2016 campaign in the minors working as a reliever. The former highly touted lefty continued to struggle in the minors, however, as he worked a 6.75 ERA across 33 appearances last season. He figures to latch on with one of the White Sox's minor league affiliates at the end of spring training.
Matzek was promoted to Double-A Hartford on Friday, Patrick Saunders of the Denver Post reports.
Matzek missed time earlier in the season due to some performance anxiety, but it seems that he's doing well enough to advance to the next stage of the minor leagues. The left-hander's 4.71 ERA wasn't very impressive during his time with High-A Modesto, especially for a reliever, so he'll have to figure some things out if he wants to get back up to the Triple-A level before the conclusion of the season.
Matzek was outrighted to High-A Modesto on Tuesday.
Matzek missed the start of the 2016 season as he battled an anxiety issue and was optioned to High-A Modesto immediately following his reinstatement on May 19. The Rockies are now choosing to outright the left-hander, meaning he'll stay with High-A Modesto, but be removed from the 40-man roster. This allows the Rockies to make an addition to their roster, which they would be presumably inclined to do in the coming days.
Matzek (personal) was reinstated from the 15-day DL on Thursday and optioned to High-A Modesto.
The left-hander started the season on the disabled list due to an anxiety issue, but he has been gradually progressing throughout the spring. He's off the disabled list as of Thursday, but he will continue to work at High-A Modesto for the time being as he ramps up his workload.
Matzek (personal) walked the only batter he faced in an appearance with High-A Modesto on Wednesday.
Matzek was a bit wild, with four of his five pitches being balls, but it's noteworthy that the Rockies felt confident enough in Matzek to put him back in a game situation. He'll continue to get eased back into action over the coming weeks, and the left-hander should hopefully be able to enter the Triple-A rotation once he has stretched out his arm enough.
Matzek (personal) will pitch in an extended spring training game Saturday, Nick Groke of the Denver Post reports.
Matzek seems to be getting near a return to regular action now that he's able to pitch in game situations again. As long as no setbacks occur, the left-hander could enter the Triple-A rotation within the next week or two.
Matzek (personal) will throw batting practice for the first time in extended spring training Friday, CBS Denver reports.
It's good to see Matzek making progress in his return from performance anxiety issues, but he still has a ways to go before returning to game action. If he can get through a few batting practice sessions, the next steps would be to throw in simulated games and rehab assignments before returning to the mound full-time. His timetable for return should become clearer once he makes the next step in his rehab process.
|Last 7 Games|
|06/11||@ MIA||L 3-4||1.0||0||0||1||1|
|06/09||@ PHI||L 1-2||1.0||0||0||0||2|
|06/08||@ PHI||W 9-5||0.2||1||0||1||0|
|06/05||vs LAD||W 6-4||0.1||0||0||1||1|
|06/04||vs LAD||L 5-9||1.0||1||1||0||1|
|06/01||vs WAS||L 6-11||1.0||3||3||1||1|
|05/22||vs PIT||W 6-1||1.0||1||0||1||1|
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|Minor League Pitching Stats|
|2014||AAA-Colorado Springs Sky||66.2||12||12||0||5||4||0||61||31||70||4.08||1.526|
|2016||AA-Hartford Yard Goats||5.2||8||0||0||0||1||0||5||14||8||15.58||4.231|