Matz signed a one-year, $5.2 million contract with the Mets on Wednesday, Bob Nightengale of USA Today reports.
The 29-year-old lefty had a 10.17 ERA in 25.2 innings as a starter and a 7.20 ERA in five innings out of the bullpen, but he should return to the rotation in 2021. He logged a 4.21 ERA in 160.1 innings in 2019 and a 3.97 ERA in 154 innings in 2018.
Matz will pitch out of the bullpen going forward, Tim Healey of Newsday reports.
Matz would have been on schedule to start Wednesday against the Rays, but it will be Michael Wacha getting the nod in his place. Matz can't exactly claim he deserves a starting role at the moment, as he owns a 9.79 ERA on the year in six starts and one relief appearance. With just five days left in the season, it would be a surprise if he makes another start.
Matz allowed six runs on eight hits and three walks while striking out five across 2.2 innings in a loss to the Braves on Friday.
Friday was Matz's first time pitching since he was activated from the injured list Sunday, and it was his first start since Aug. 15. The rust was clearly evident as he allowed eight hits (including two home runs) and three walks to the first 16 batters he faced. Matz's outing makes him the third consecutive Mets starter to fail to go at least three innings after both Jacob deGrom (hamstring) and Seth Lugo were pulled before the third in their respective starts. The southpaw owns a 9.79 ERA to go along with a 30:9 K:BB across 26.2 innings this season. It's unclear if he'll get another turn in the rotation, or if he'll shift back to the bullpen moving forward.
Matz will start Friday's game at home against Atlanta, Justin Toscano of The Bergen Record reports.
Matz was reinstated from the 10-day injured list Sunday after recovering from shoulder discomfort and hasn't pitched since. He was transitioned to a bullpen role prior to heading to the injured list, but he'll return to the mound to make a spot start for the series opener against Atlanta. The southpaw has an 0-4 record with an 8.63 ERA and 1.50 WHIP over 24 innings this season.
Matz (shoulder) was activated off the 10-day injured list Sunday, Tim Healey of Newsday reports.
The left-hander landed on the injured list at the end of August with shoulder discomfort, and he'll now rejoin the team after recovering for the past two weeks. Matz began the season as a starter before shifting to the bullpen and has a 8.63 ERA, 1.50 WHIP and 25:9 K:BB over 24 innings.
Matz (shoulder) threw a bullpen session Friday and is expected to return from the injured list soon, Anthony DiComo of MLB.com reports.
Matz has already served the required 10 days on the injured list due to shoulder discomfort. If Friday's bullpen session is the last one he needs, he could make a start sometime early next week.
Matz (shoulder) was placed on the 10-day injured list Sunday, Justin Toscano of The Bergen Record reports.
The 29-year-old exited Game 1 of Saturday's doubleheader with left shoulder discomfort and will require at least 10 days to recover. It's unclear if Matz is expected to be healthy when eligible to be activated Sept. 9.
Matz reportedly experienced some left shoulder discomfort during the first game of Saturday's doubleheader with the Yankees and is probably headed to the injured list, Tim Healey of Newsday reports.
Matz relieved Robert Gsellman in the bottom half of the fifth and pitched a 1-2-3 inning while striking out two batters. Mets manager Luis Rojas claims Matz "didn't feel right" despite an efficient outing. Matz will most likely officially move to the injured list either Saturday or Sunday.
Matz could be an option to start later this week, Anthony DiComo of MLB.com reports.
The team is hoping not to use Matz out of the bullpen during Tuesday's doubleheader, as they have nine games over the next six days and while Matz has been bad as a starter this year, these are desperate times. Matz has a 9.00 ERA and 1.57 WHIP in 23 innings this year.
Matz was removed from the starting rotation and will be available out of the bullpen for Thursday's game against the Marlins, Tim Healey of Newsday reports.
The Mets left the southpaw's status in the rotation up in the air coming out of his ugly outing Saturday, and he'll move to the bullpen rather than start Thursday. Seth Lugo will take his spot in the rotation, though Matz could still see work Thursday since Lugo isn't close to being stretched out as a starter. Matz has surrendered 23 runs on 30 hits, including nine homers, through 23 innings this season.
The Mets have not yet decided whether Matz will remain in the rotation for his next scheduled start Thursday against the Marlins, Mike Puma of the New York Post reports.
He has a 14.66 ERA and 1.97 WHIP over his last three starts. If the Mets had quality options behind Matz, he would have likely already been bumped from the rotation, but the team's rotation depth has really been tested so far this season.
Matz (0-4) took the loss Saturday as the Mets were downed 6-2 by the Phillies, coughing up six runs on five hits and three walks over 4.1 innings. He struck out five.
The southpaw held his own through four innings, but the Phillies broke it open the third time through the order with five runs in the fifth. There was very little that could be taken from Matz's final line that might be called encouraging, as he got tagged for another homer -- already the ninth he's served up -- and doubled the number of walks he's issued on the year for good measure. He'll carry a 23:6 K:BB and a ghastly 9.00 ERA through 23 innings into his next outing Thursday in Miami.
Matz (0-3) took the loss Monday as the Mets were routed 16-4 by the Nationals, surrendering eight runs on eight hits -- including three home runs -- over 4.1 innings. He struck out five.
The ball was flying out of Citi Field in this one, and the lefty served up a gopher ball to Asdrubal Cabrera in the second inning before Trea Turner and Juan Soto tagged him in the third. Matz finally got chased from the game in a seven-run fifth during which the Nats sent 12 men to the plate. His ERA now stands at a bloated 8.20 largely thanks to the efforts of the depending champs -- over his last two starts, both against Washington, Matz has coughed up 13 runs and five home runs in only 7.1 innings. He'll try to right the ship during his next outing Saturday in Philadelphia.
Matz (0-2) allowed five earned runs on seven hits and no walks while striking out three across three innings to take the loss Tuesday against the Nationals.
Matz allowed two home runs for the second consecutive outing, this time solo shots by Howie Kendrick and Josh Harrison. However, he was also tagged by a lengthy rally in the third inning, when the Nationals collected four hits -- three were singles -- to tally three more runs. Through three starts this season, Matz has a 5.65 ERA, though he has also managed a 13:3 K:BB acros 14.1 frames. He currently lines up for his next start on Monday in a rematch against the Nationals.
Matz (0-1) allowed three earned runs on eight hits and two walks while striking out three across 5.1 innings to take the loss Thursday against the Red Sox.
All of Matz's earned runs came from the bat of Christian Vazquez, who took him yard twice. While he was hardly dominant otherwise, his line was inflated by allowing four infield hits. Matz was unable to follow up his strong opening start of the season, but has shown the ability to work deep into games early on, throwing 11.1 innings across his two outings. He currently lines up to make his third start of the campaign Tuesday at the Nationals.
Matz allowed one run on two hits and a walk while striking out seven in six innings in a no-decision Saturday versus the Braves.
Matz was excellent, with the only blemish on his line the result of a second-inning Adam Duvall solo home run. Matz had 15 quality starts in 30 starts last season and he's already added his first this year. The 29-year-old southpaw lines up to face the Red Sox at home Thursday.
Matz will start Saturday against the Braves, Anthony DiComo of MLB.com reports.
Matz will serve on the front end of the Mets' starting rotation to begin the season after Marcus Stroman (calf) was placed on the injured list Wednesday. The southpaw drew positive reviews from manager Luis Rojas about his performance during camp. Matz made 32 appearances (30 starts) for the Mets last season, posting a 4.21 ERA and 1.34 WHIP over 160.1 innings.
Matz drew raves from manager Luis Rojas for his performance during a simulated game Monday, Bradford William Davis of The New York Daily News reports. "Eye-popping," Rojas said during a Zoom call with the media. "All the pitches are looking great."
The Mets manager further said that Matz's command appeared to be ahead of schedule. The southpaw will be counted on to fill a spot behind Jacob deGrom and Marcus Stroman at the back of the team's rotation this season, but Matz's erratic track record in the majors makes him a somewhat risky fantasy option.
Matz seems locked into a spot in the Mets' rotation with Noah Syndergaard lost for the season due to Tommy John surgery.
The southpaw was competing with Rick Porcello and Michael Wacha for the final two slots and even saw some trade rumors swirl around his head this spring due to the Mets' perceived pitching depth, but Matz doesn't appear to be going anywhere now. He was also having a strong spring when MLB was put on pause, posting a 1.50 ERA, 0.33 WHIP and 5:0 K:BB through six innings.
Matz tossed three perfect innings in Saturday's Grapefruit League game against the Nationals, Alyson Footer of MLB.com reports. He threw 30 of 44 pitches for strikes before tossing another 15 pitches in the bullpen after his start.
The left-hander continues to make a strong case to open the season as a starter, either for the Mets or for another team if the Mets elect to trade him. Matz has a 1.50 ERA and 5:0 K:BB through six spring innings.
|Last 7 Games|
|09/27||@ WAS||L 5-15||3.0||3||3||1||4|
|09/23||vs TB||L 5-8||1.0||1||1||0||2|
|09/18||vs ATL||L 2-15||1||2.2||8||6||3||5|
|08/29||@ NYY||L 1-2||1.0||0||0||0||2|
|08/15||@ PHI||L 2-6||1||4.1||5||6||3||5|
|08/10||vs WAS||L 4-16||1||4.1||8||8||0||5|
|08/04||@ WAS||L 3-5||1||3.0||7||5||0||3|
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|Minor League Pitching Stats|
|2013||AFX-Savannah Sand Gnats||106.1||21||21||1||5||6||0||121||38||86||2.63||1.169|
|2014||AFA-St. Lucie Mets||69.1||12||12||0||4||4||0||62||21||66||2.21||1.259|
|2015||AFA-St. Lucie Mets||3.2||2||2||0||0||0||0||3||1||7||5.62||2.500|
|2015||AAA-Las Vegas 51s||90.1||15||14||0||7||4||0||94||31||69||2.20||1.110|
|2017||AFA-St. Lucie Mets||3.0||1||1||0||0||0||0||3||2||2||3.00||1.333|
|2017||AAA-Las Vegas 51s||13.1||3||3||0||0||1||0||17||2||13||6.87||1.145|