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Mets Starters: One good, one bad stat each could lead the league in

SAN DIEGO, CA - APRIL 29: Zack Wheeler #45 of the New York Mets pitches during the first inning of a baseball game against the San Diego Padres at PETCO Park on April 29, 2018 in San Diego, California. (Photo by Denis Poroy/Getty Images)
SAN DIEGO, CA - APRIL 29: Zack Wheeler #45 of the New York Mets pitches during the first inning of a baseball game against the San Diego Padres at PETCO Park on April 29, 2018 in San Diego, California. (Photo by Denis Poroy/Getty Images)
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NEW YORK, NY – SEPTEMBER 07: Steven Matz #32 of the New York Mets pitches in the second inning against the Philadelphia Phillies at Citi Field on September 7, 2018 in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City. (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)

Steven Matz

Good – No-Hitters

I’m having the opposite problem with Steven Matz that I had with the first three names on this list. While deGrom, Syndergaard, and Wheeler had all the right moves in 2018, Matz’s numbers leave a lot to be desired. I am, admittedly, not a big fan of his work.

However, maybe the most likely statistic he does lead the league in this year is no-hitters pitched. It only takes one. Why not Matz?

Do I honestly believe Matz throws the second no-hitter in Mets history? Not at all. Funnier things have happened. Weaker pitchers have gone the distance without allowing a hit. There are few numbers of Matz which inspire confidence. Even a deeper dive into his splits gave me little hope of anything more than one really good game.

Bad – Home Runs Allowed

The most likely statistic in the bad category Matz leads the league in this year are home runs allowed. He gave up 25 bombs last year, a total five off from the league leader with 30.

Matz is saved by making half of his starts at Citi Field where home runs often die at the warning track. Unfortunately, he also has to make starts in Atlanta and Philadelphia where each lineup should have several sluggers in it. Those ballparks are also deadly places for pitchers to toss meatballs.

The more innings Matz pitches, the more of a chance he has at leading the league in those negative categories. He is a good number four, but to expect anything more would be irresponsible.

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