Mets LHP Steven Matz had one of the worst outings of his career, giving up seven runs and nine hits as he was pulled in the second inning in Sunday's 13-4 loss to the Colorado Rockies at Citi Field.
"It just wasn't really sharp today," Matz (2-3) said, according to the New York Daily News' Daniel Popper. "I was leaving balls right over the middle of the plate, and they were hitting it."
After allowing four runs in the first inning, Matz left the game after surrendering a three-run home run to Nolan Arenado in the second inning that put New York in a 7-0 hole.
Manager Terry Collins said Matz left his pitches over the plate for Colorado's batters to hit.
"I don't care how good your stuff is," Collins said, "you can't do that in this league."
After back-to-back outings in which he threw seven scoreless innings, Matz is 0-2 with a 20.25 ERA in his past two outings.
"It's frustrating, but I got to flush it," Matz said. "I got another start coming up in five days, and I got to prepare for that and try to learn from my mistakes here and just keep going."
After retiring two of the first three batters of the game, Matz allowed the next five batters to reach, including a two-run single to Ian Desmond and a two-run double to Trevor Story.
"It all happened so quick to be honest," Matz said. "But the balls were just over the heart of the plate, and they were able to get their barrels to it. I was missing right over the heart plate."