“I saw it in his face and his demeanor and the way he went about his business from pitch one. I thought there was a little edge to him that I hadn’t seen before,” Callaway said.
That remark about Matz’s face was something that crossed my mind in real time. There’s no way to quantify the effect a pitcher’s “look” on the mound has, but it seems Matz often appears lost or unsure of himself, especially when he gets into trouble. That wasn’t the caseSaturday.
Matz allowed one run, struck out five and walked one over six innings in a tough-luck loss. His lone blemish came in the first inning, when he surrendered a solo shot to Nolan Arenado. The fact that Matz didn’t let this phase him is what impressed me most. He remained calm, cool and surprisingly collective all night.
Too often of late we’ve seen the Mets’ starters unable to limit the damage. Once Matz gave up that home run, I instantly had that feeling that we were about to get more of the same. But it great to see Matz bear down and get stronger as his outing went on, rather than dwelling on an early run. I’ll take this as a sign that Callaway and Eiland’s message for Matz might finally be getting through.
We’ve seen this version of Matz in spurts before. Now it’s time to see if Matz can finally pitch like this on a consistent basis, and for an extended period of time. Now that the Matt Harvey experiment is done, the Steven Matz project is the next big challenge for Callaway and Eiland.Let’s hope Saturday night was the start of Matz providing some much-needed stability behind Jacob deGrom and Noah Syndergaard in the rotation.
We love the QBC, and this upcoming January 19th is set to be a doozy. As they have for the last couple years, Katch in Astoria will host the 6th annual offseason gathering of Mets fans. This years headliner is none other than Mets A-List Superstar Keith Hernandez.
The Mets season started off on the highest of high notes and took a nose dive really quick from there. It was an emotional rollercoaster for all that were loyal until the last pitch. Let’s take a look back at what went through fans minds every step of the way.