Since he came of the DL, Mets LHP Steven Matz has impressed with solid outings, and another came tonight against the Phillies.
New York suffered the loss, but Matz didn't see a decision in this one after his five innings of work. He allowed two runs on three hits while striking out eight and walking two.
The only blow to Matz was Carlos Santana's two-run homer in the top of the third, which gave the Phillies the lead. But the Mets got it right back with a Jeff McNeil double that scored Brandon Nimmo in the bottom half of that inning.
Matz was out of the game early due to a high-pitch count (103), but the lefty still felt sharp. It's a feeling he's had since returning to the rotation.
"Definitely feel sharper," he told reporters after the game. "Today, my fastball kind of got away from me a little bit toward the end of the game. I think that's why they kept fouling the pitches off, got up in the zone a little bit. But I definitely feel sharper. That's the biggest difference since coming off the DL."
Phillies' hitters were fouling off pitches left and right, but Matz still managed to rack up a healthy amount of strikeouts in this one. And he set a new career high as he now has 31 strikeouts in his past four starts.
Matz thanked his off speed success tonight for the swings and misses.
"I think early on, off speed was just down in the zone," he said. "My curveball was pretty sharp and it wasn't kind of rolling over. It was down in the zone, same thing for my changeup."
Starts like this are what the Mets want to continue seeing from Matz, and lately, he hasn't disappointed.