Mets rookie LHP Steven Matz tossed six scoreless innings Tuesday before giving up a go-ahead, two-run home run to Giancarlo Stanton in the seventh as the Marlins beat the Mets, 5-2, at Citi Field.
Erik Goeddel (1-0, 4.35 ERA) relieved Matz the following inning. He got two quick outs, then hit a batter and gave up a single before Stanton hit his second home run of the game.
Matz (7-4, 3.34 ERA) is winless during his last seven starts, dating back to May 31, during which he has a 4.58 ERA, while striking out just 35 batters in 39 innings.
"My command was great tonight," Matz said after the game. "It's a good sign I'm moving in the right direction. I'm just watching the volume in between starts, managing that."
In the at-bat against Matz, the ball left Stanton's bat at 119.7 mph, according to MLB StatCast. It was the second-fastest exit velocity on a home run this season, according to ESPN Stats & Info.
"I threw him a changeup because he hadn't seen that today, and the ball was just up and he put a good swing on it," Matz explained, when asked about the at bat.
Stanton now has the fourth-most home runs against the Mets among active MLB players.
The ball Stanton hit off Matz was a line drive to the seats beyond left-center field. It was a total laser beam. The Mets had been doing a nice job containing Stanton this season. But, he's been on fire since early June and that didn't change last night.
In regards to his second home run, it's fair to second guess leaving Goeddel in the game during that moment, when he isn't typically the set-up man. However, Goeddel has pitched well this season. And, as Jim Duquette said on SNY's post-game show, "Someone else has to get some outs here."
Addison Reed, Jeurys Familia, Jerry Blevins and Hansel Robles have been pitching a lot. They can't throw every day or they'll be useless in the second half. So, TC stuck with Goeddel, who lost his battle with Stanton.
In terms of the at-bat, I'm not sure what Goeddel and Travis d'Arnaud were trying to do with Stanton, but I'm pretty sure the plan wasn't to begin him 3-0 in the count. This is where Goeddel failed, not the subsequent pitch. I mean, at that point, with the way Stanton has been swinging the bat, Goeddel was essentially doomed. In a hitter's count, 3-1, he grooved a low-90s, four-seam fastball right down the pipe that Stanton obliterated - and that was that...