Best Case Scenario
Could we finally see the stud pitcher that we thought would see when he came up? Maybe, maybe not, but that’s not necessarily how Steven Matz could be most valuable to the Mets.
Leave the complete game shutouts to Jacob deGrom, leave the strikeouts to Noah Syndergaard and Zack Wheeler. Matz needs to focus on staying healthy and taking the mound every 5 days.
If Matz could pitch 180-200 innings, it would limit the number of bullpen games and starts given to guys not quite ready to be pitching at the big league level. Although another way to prevent that would be to finally stock up on rotation depth this offseason.
He can learn a lot from Zack Wheeler about overcoming injuries. Steven has learned a lot under the new coaching staff about pitch selection and the effectiveness of pitching inside, resulting in weaker contact.
When Bartolo Colon was with the Mets, Steven picked Bart’s brain a lot about pitching through injuries, specifically bone spurs in the pitching elbow. It’s likely that he gets advice from Jason Vargas as well on this matter.
Matz’s 7.28 first inning ERA is one area where he can improve. Although, perhaps he can benefit from the Mets using an opener for his starts. Gsellman could possibly pitch to the top of the order then give way to Matz, and have him completely avoid the part of the game where he has seriously struggled.