Mets will reportedly promote Steven Matz

By Danny Abriano

The Mets will be calling Triple-A LHP Steven Matz up to the majors, Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports is reporting.

While Rosenthal cited a source who says Matz is getting the call, he noted that the Mets have yet to confirm the report.

Since Rosenthal’s initial report, the Mets’ beat writers have all said that the team is refusing to confirm whether Matz is getting the call. At the same time, the Mets are being ‘tight-lipped‘ about the situation.

According to Marc Carig of Newsday and others, the Mets are not on the verge of making a trade, meaning that Matz would not be coming up to replace a starting pitcher who is on the move.

Matz, 24, has posted a 2.19 ERA and 1.11 WHIP to go along with a 9.37 K/9 in 90.1 innings this season for Las Vegas.


If Rosenthal’s report was incorrect, it would make sense for the Mets to refute it. Instead, they’re either failing to confirm it or not commenting at all, adding fuel to the fire that Matz is about to get promoted.

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It would make sense for a trade to be the motivating factor here, with either Bartolo Colon or Jon Niese shipped out to make room for Matz. However, if the above reports are correct, it means that either a starter (likely Niese) is going to the bullpen or the Mets are again switching to a six-man rotation to make room.

Going to a six-man rotation now isn’t needed, with a number of off days between now and the All-Star break. Perhaps a starter will be skipped in order to fit Matz in or perhaps there’s an injury we don’t know about that will open up a spot.

Either way, Matz is ready and has been for a while. He has a shade over 90 innings left before he hits his limit for the season, and it makes sense for those innings to come at the major league level.

Yes, the Mets need better hitters, but that doesn’t mean improving the pitching staff is a bad thing.