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Mets: Steven Matz best and worst case scenarios for 2019

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MIAMI, FL - JULY 1: Steven Matz #32 of the New York Mets throws a pitch during the first inning against the Miami Marlins at Marlins Park on July 1, 2018 in Miami, Florida. (Photo by Eric Espada/Getty Images)
MIAMI, FL - JULY 1: Steven Matz #32 of the New York Mets throws a pitch during the first inning against the Miami Marlins at Marlins Park on July 1, 2018 in Miami, Florida. (Photo by Eric Espada/Getty Images)
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New York Mets pitcher Steven Matz showed a lot of promise in 2018. Let’s look at the best and worst case scenario for him in 2019.

Perhaps the most encouraging stat from Steven Matz’s season was his 154 innings pitched. This was a new career high for the New York Mets lefty. He made 30 starts for the first time ever, only missing a couple of starts in August due to arm fatigue.

It’s easy to forget about Matz’s potential, especially with a rotation that includes Jacob deGrom, Noah Syndergaard, and Zack Wheeler. But he was looked at as highly as anyone.

Steven is a fantastic pitcher when he is healthy, but this hasn’t been too common for him, unfortunately. There were some periods of time both this season and in 2016 where Matz showed signs of greatness when he was injury free. But other times, he just couldn’t stay on the mound.

Matz also needs to keep calm on the mound. He gets angry at himself very easily, and that may be out of frustration of not being able to perform at the level he knows that he is capable of. As he matures, those frustrations need to become less visible.

We’ve seen what kind of pitcher Matz can be at his best, and we’ve also seen what he looks like at his worst. So which pitcher will he be in 2019 and can he do his job to help the team?

Let’s take a look at the best and worst case scenarios for Matz in 2019. Is it a year where everything clicks or does he go backward?

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