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Matz Magnificent in Debut

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The long anticipated debut of Mets pitching prospect Steven Matz came at long last on Sunday afternoon in Queens. It was a gloomy day, but Matz was shining nonetheless in a spectacular outing.

His debut actually had to wait a little longer than expected because the Mets and Reds were finishing their rain suspended game from Saturday. The game went into extra innings and Matz had to wait some more to toe the Citi Field rubber. This probably didn’t sooth his pregame jitters at all.

When he finally got his chance to throw, things got off to an inauspicious start. He had some trouble finding the strike zone, and Brandon Phillips greeted the Long Island native with a solo shot to left to give the Reds a 1-0 lead. After that, Matz would settle in and only allow one more run on another solo shot by Todd Frazier.

His final pitching line was a sterling 7.2 innings pitched, five hits and three walks allowed, two earned runs, and six strikeouts. The words “quality start” don’t even do that performance justice. Robles would close out the game and the Mets would win 7-2. The story of the day though was not his pitching though, it was actually his hitting.

For some context, the Mets hadn’t scored more than two runs in a game in what feels like forever. Matz in his first game went 3 for 3 and drove in four runs. WOW. He became the first pitcher in Major League history to record 4 RBI in his debut, and the first Met player to accomplish this in his MLB debut.

That’s really about as good of a debut as anyone can possibly have. He was hitting 95-96 mph on the gun consistently, and really showcased why he was such a highly touted prospect. His composure was truly remarkable, and this Mets rotation is going to be incredibly scary for years to come. Harvey, Matz, Syndergaard, deGrom, and Wheeler is just overkill. As a Yankee fan that’s scary to write, but it’s great for baseball and the fans.


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