"His stuff was better tonight than it was his last couple of starts," manager Terry Collins said after the game. "The arm action on his curveball was much better, much faster. He threw some pretty good sliders."
The 24-year-old rookie was pulled after giving up a game-tying single to Adam Duvall in the sixth inning, but New York's offense scored three runs in the top of the seventh inning.
Matz is 4-0 with a 2.27 ERA through six big-league starts. He is 2-0 with a 2.86 ERA since returning from the disabled list with a lat strain he suffered in July.
“This is definitely the best I’ve felt with commanding the zone and everything,” Matz said. “I felt really good. Today was the best fastball command I’ve had and that’s really what I work off of. Everything else is getting there."
In Cincinnati, Matz, Noah Syndergaard, Matt Harvey and Jacob deGrom will pitch during a four-game series for the first time this season.
“This could have a direct impact on what we do down the road," Collins said about seeing his four, young starting pitchers in consecutive games. "Each of these four guys have to step up these four days. We got to start putting some wins together.”
Matthew Cerrone, MetsBlog.com
I think he's alluding to maybe using Matz, Syndergaard, Harvey and deGrom as his four-man rotation through the playoffs, right? They're the obvious group. And, incredible, when I think about Matz and Syndergaard both being in Triple-A not that long ago.
However, as it pertains to the postseason, the question is less about the rotation and more about the bullpen, which has been loaded with question marks the last few weeks. If the current crop of relievers is viewed as insufficient, does it make sense to use Matz and/or Syndergaard in relief to help tighten it up? It's five games in seven days, but with the NLCS schedule it lines up that you wouldn't want to stray from the rotation very much. In fact, thinking ahead, they may actually need a fifth guy for Game 3 in the NLCS (should they get that far). So, for the NLDS, I'd probably go with the four horsemen and use Jon Niese and/or Bartolo Colon in the bullpen. The future is now, right? They may as well go with what got them here...