He walked three and struck out six. Mets 2, Reds 1. Yes, some players like David Ortiz are entertaining to watch in the DH position, but when a pitcher has the kind of performance that Matz had in his debut, it instantly becomes more interesting to watch.
The New York Mets are in second place in the National League East and trail the Nationals by 3.5 games in the Standings.
Matz was barely out of spring training, and hadn’t thrown an official pitch, when he felt discomfort in his left elbow at extended spring training.
Granderson had a big hit in the 13th on Sunday, a single to right field off Nate Adcock (0-1) after Dilson Herrera drew a leadoff walk. All six of Suarez’s errors have come on this road trip.
Brewers 5, Twins 3 – Ryan Braun and Adam Lind hit two-run homers in the bottom of the eighth to propel Milwaukee.
Angels 3, Mariners 2 – Kole Calhoun scored the winning run on a wild pitch in the 10th, one inning after Los Angeles closer Huston Street gave up a tying solo homer to Kyle Seager with two outs. But when you’ve got an All-Star-worthy Jacob deGrom, a dominant Noah Syndergaard, a stellar Matt Harvey and Matz, sometimes two runs are enough. “He stuck with the program, and I think it worked out for him”. We know he’s a good one.
Thanks to Matz, the scuffling Mets scored as many runs Sunday as they did in their previous four games combined. Granderson lined out to left fielder Byrd. Bryan Price quickly went out to confer with the umpires to review the play. 303 with a. 950 OPS and seven home runs.
The seismic debut capped a rise equal parts methodical and meteoric for Matz, who was selected by the Mets in the second round of the 2009 draft out of Long Island’s Ward Melville High School, located about 50 miles east of Citi Field. It was the first time since September 6, 1974, that the Orioles registered shutouts in both games of a doubleheader, according to STATS. His minor league debut was delayed until 2012 due to Tommy John surgery. Victor Martinez tied it with a three-run double. What Matz did was go 3-for-3 at the plate, becoming the first pitcher in baseball history to drive in four runs in his big league debut. Smith lasted longer in his second career start allowing three runs in five innings, but only one was earned as the Reds committed two errors on the day.
“It was just hit and miss with the command”. Ortiz hit a two-run shot off Archer in the fourth inning. Typically the catalyst has been deep counts, base on balls and things of that nature. “I’m definitely going to pick their brains while I am here and see if they can give me any tips about how they did it”. Curtis Granderson’s double then drove in Campbell for a 3-2 lead. Matz contributed more runs than the rest of his team combined in this outing.
Steven Matz was the story on Sunday, drawing nationwide headlines for his three-hit, four-RBI debut and his 7²/₃ brilliant innings on the mound. The Rangers’ Joey Gallo did it earlier this year.
There are probably a lot of family and friends in attendance for this first start, which played a role in what happened during the initial inning.
“He threw his breaking ball for strikes”.