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32 Steven Matz SP

New York Mets

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August 11, 2020 11:00 AM
Mets' Steven Matz: Hammered again by Nats
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

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.

August 5, 2020 12:04 AM
Mets' Steven Matz: Hit hard by Nationals
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

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.

July 31, 2020 03:48 PM
Mets' Steven Matz: Hurt by long ball
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

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.

July 26, 2020 10:16 AM
Mets' Steven Matz: Shines in no-decision
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

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.

July 22, 2020 06:24 PM
Mets' Steven Matz: Starting second game
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Matz will start Saturday against the Braves, Anthony DiComo of 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.

July 7, 2020 09:08 AM
Mets' Steven Matz: Looks good Monday
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

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.

March 26, 2020 12:16 PM
Mets' Steven Matz: Assured of rotation spot
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

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.

March 9, 2020 12:32 AM
Mets' Steven Matz: Brilliant against Nats on Saturday
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Matz tossed three perfect innings in Saturday's Grapefruit League game against the Nationals, Alyson Footer of 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.

March 7, 2020 09:52 AM
Mets' Steven Matz: Will start Saturday
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Matz (illness) will start Saturday's spring game against the Nationals.

An illness had sidelined Matz since Feb. 29, but he is ready to get back on the bump Saturday. He should have plenty of time to be ready by Opening Day, but his role remains somewhat uncertain, as it was reported on the first day of the month he could be used as a primary pitcher behind an opener to kick off the campaign.

March 4, 2020 04:20 PM
Mets' Steven Matz: Throws side session
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Matz (illness) threw a side session Wednesday, Mike Puma of the New York Post reports.

Matz was sent home sick Tuesday, but the illness evidently wasn't particularly severe. He's scheduled to pitch Saturday against the Nationals.

March 3, 2020 12:00 PM
Mets' Steven Matz: Falls ill
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Matz was sent home from Mets camp Tuesday after coming down with an illness, David Lennon of Newsday reports.

Matz's ailment isn't believed to be anything significant; the Mets are just keeping him away so he doesn't pass his illness around to the team's healthy players. The southpaw will miss out on his scheduled bullpen session as a result, though he still anticipates that he'll be ready to go when his next turn in the Grapefruit League pitching schedule comes up Friday versus the Astros.

March 1, 2020 11:52 AM
Mets' Steven Matz: Could see work behind opener
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Matz could be used as the primary pitcher behind an opener this season, Mike Puma of The New York Post reports.

The Mets haven't yet embraced some of the new-fangled pitching strategies that are spreading around the league, so at this point the team having anything beyond five traditional starting pitchers is just speculative. Matz struggled in the first inning through the early part of last season, however, and if those issues return it could spur the organization to get creative, assuming he breaks camp in the rotation. For his part, the southpaw didn't seem terribly enthusiastic about the prospect. "It's definitely intriguing," Matz said, when asked about the idea of an opener. "But for me personally it's just my whole career I have never done that, so it's different. I am used to starting, warming up for the game, long tossing all that stuff. I think that [opener] stuff is more different. I don't know how they do it. We've never done it really in the big leagues with the Mets, so I don't know how it is, I don't know what it's like so I can't comment on it." Matz has had a solid start to his spring, allowing one run and posting a 2:0 K:BB through three innings, but he'll need to keep pitching well over the rest of the spring to secure a rotation spot.

February 24, 2020 11:24 PM
Mets' Steven Matz: Looking to stay aggressive
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Matz is focused on staying aggressive this spring after changing his approach following a brief demotion to the bullpen last season, Anthony DiComo of reports.

The southpaw is battling with Rick Porcello and Michael Wacha for the final two spots in the Mets' rotation this spring, but the fact that he would be the only left-hander in the group, as well as his holdover status, would seem to give Matz the edge. Prior to his demotion to a relief role last July, he'd posted a 6.21 ERA in the first innings of his starts, but Matz then learned to be more aggressive attacking hitters rather than being overly concerned over which of his pitches were "working" on any given day. He posted a 3.52 ERA over his final 14 starts after rejoining the rotation, allowing only one first-inning run along the way. "Some days, you just feel like you don't have it," Matz said. "And so sometimes, you've got to just trust -- trust that what you have, all the work you put in, all the preparation that you put in, that it's going to be there, instead of, 'I don't feel like I have a good curveball today,' so you shy away from it or whatever. You put in all these hours of work, just trust it, go out and execute. That mentality, I think translates well for me."

January 11, 2020 12:44 AM
Mets' Steven Matz: Signs for $5 million
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Matz signed a one-year, $5 million deal with the Mets on Friday, avoiding arbitration, Joel Sherman of the New York Post reports.

Matz threw a career-high 160.1 innings last season. His 4.21 ERA was the second worst of his five-year career, good for a slightly worse than average 102 ERA-.

September 29, 2019 02:12 AM
Mets' Steven Matz: Fires six scoreless frames
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Matz (11-10) earned the win Saturday versus the Braves after allowing two hits across six shutout innings. He struck out seven and walked five.

Matz dealt with baserunners for most of the evening but kept the Braves off the board by inducing 17 swinging strikes and giving up only one extra-base hit. The left-hander finishes 2019 with a 4.21 ERA, 1.34 WHIP and 153:52 K:BB through 160.1 innings.

September 23, 2019 11:44 PM
Mets' Steven Matz: Struggles again in loss
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Matz (10-10) took the loss against the Marlins on Monday, giving up six earned runs on nine hits over five innings, striking out three with no walks in an 8-4 loss for the Mets.

After getting lit up for seven earned by the Rockies in his last start, Matz had a rough go again in this contest, giving up four of his six runs in the sixth inning and eventually ending up with his 10th loss of the season. The pair of blow-ups leaves the left-hander with a 4.37 ERA, 1.37 WHIP and 146:47 K:BB across 154.1 innings. He's scheduled to make one more start to close out the season in a Saturday home matchup against the Braves.

September 21, 2019 12:08 PM
Mets' Steven Matz: Next start coming Monday
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Matz will make his next start Monday against the Marlins, Mike Puma of the New York Post reports.

Matz was on track to make his next appearance Sunday in the series finale against the Reds, but he'll be pushed back a day. Marcus Stroman is now set to toe the rubber Sunday.

September 17, 2019 01:52 PM
Mets' Steven Matz: Shelled by Rockies
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Matz (10-9) took the loss against the Rockies on Monday, giving up seven earned runs on six hits over four innings, striking out four and walking two as the Mets fell 9-4.

Matz blanked the Diamondbacks his last time out, but he was shelled in this one, with most of the damage against him coming on long balls he gave up to Ian Desmond and Trevor Story. The 28-year-old left-hander now sports a 4.16 ERA and 1.33 WHIP across 149.1 innings ahead of his next start, which is scheduled for Sunday in a road matchup against the Reds.

September 13, 2019 12:04 AM
Mets' Steven Matz: Handles Diamondbacks
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Matz (10-8) allowed four hits and three walks while striking out seven across six scoreless innings to earn the win Wednesday against the Diamondbacks.

The Mets gave Matz plenty of run support early by jumping out to a 5-0 lead in the first inning. He proved capable of maintaining it, generating 15 of his 18 outs via strikeout or groundball. After being tagged for several blowup outings throughout the first half of the season, Matz has allowed two or fewer earned runs in 10 of his last 11 starts since a brief stint in the bullpen that ended on July 16. For the campaign, he now touts a 3.84 ERA and 1.31 WHIP with 139 strikeouts across 145.1 innings. He's currently projected to make his next start in a tough matchup Monday at Coors Field against the Rockies.

September 7, 2019 03:56 AM
Mets' Steven Matz: Falls short of quality start
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Matz didn't factor into the decision in Friday's 5-4 win over the Phillies, allowing two runs on six hits and three walks over 5.2 innings while striking out four.

The southpaw tossed 109 pitches (67 strikes) and ran out of gas just short of his 14th quality start of the season. Matz has a 2.78 ERA, 1.10 WHIP and 54:13 in 58.1 second-half innings, and he'll look to keep rolling in his next outing Wednesday, at home against the Diamondbacks.

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vs LHB 30.100 4.750726
vs RHB 124.000 4.28040120
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