The New York Mets couldn’t have asked for a better rehab start from Steven Matz. In his second rehab start for the Las Vegas 51’s, he dominated the El Paso Chihuahuas over five perfect innings.
While he did not get the win, this was a good step for Matz who has been out all season with elbow discomfort and a strained flexor tendon. To go along with his perfect outing, Matz recorded eight strikeouts.
Things didn’t go so well in his first start, against the Round Rock Express on Tuesday where he gave up five runs on five hits over four innings. He did however strike out four while walking two.
He needed 73 pitches to get through the five innings and proved that he can be efficient and that he’s ready to pitch again. An outing such as that would also make for a great birthday present, as Matz turns 26 tomorrow.
Matz posted a 2.87 ERA and a nearly 5:1 K/BB ratio over his final five starts of the 2016 season. These are the kinds of numbers that Matz hopes to bring to the organization when he returns, and today’s start was a sign that the Matz we had in 2015 might be right around the corner.
On the hitting side, Mets future first baseman Dominic Smith continued his hot streak. He went 4 for 5 with three RBI’s today. This was his second game in a row driving in at least three runs and third straight multi-hit game.
Smith now has at least one hit in 20 of his last 23 games. He has eight multi-hit games over that span. His .329 batting average is the third best among all Pacific Coast League first basemen, just .003 behind second. He now has 36 RBI’s on the season.
Hopefully, in the near future, Matz will be ready to dominate MLB hitters. We can also hope that the Mets prospects will be making some more noise.