Unlike every other potential starter in this Mets rotation, Matz got knocked around in his first start of the spring.
Steven Matz‘s afternoon started out well. He was able to get through the first inning of his first start against the Houston Astros without allowing a run. Unfortunately, the second inning proved to be a lot more difficult for the Mets lefty.
Matz was unable to retire a single batter in the second, and after loading the bases, he walked in a run. After it was all said and done, five runs would end up being charged to him. Not a great start.
As we’ve said with the other guys that have made their debuts and performed well, it is just one brief start to begin Spring Training. So it would be foolish to put too much into this performance regardless of how it could have gone.
Matz seemed to echo that point speaking with reporters after his outing.
“I feel healthy. I feel good, so I’m going to build off that,” Matz noted focusing more on the health aspect of it than anything else. “This is the best I’ve felt in Spring Training in a long time, just physically.”
Of course, no one wants to be bad in any start, Spring Training or not, and Matz said he was frustrated about his performance, noting he was really excited coming into camp.
Matz also said he’ll be looking to work on his delivery from the stretch as that didn’t feel as comfortable as his wind-up delivery.
Even with a poor start, it’s good to see Matz throw and not be in any type of pain. The adjustment will come after he gets more work in, and I actually believe if he’s not in any type of discomfort, he can be a solid starter once again for this team. We’ll see how he does his next time out.