Have a day, Steven Matz!
The Mets’ stud rookie proved last Sunday that the Mets have a new potential star in their starting rotation. The 24-year old lefty was called up from Triple-A Las Vegas last week to make his MLB debut for New York. Mat’z entire family was present to see him take on the Cincinnati Reds. This was a special day for the Matz family but later on, it would become a historic and monumental day as well.
Matz, pitching against the Reds, gave up two solo home runs, one to Brandon Phillips and the other to Todd Frazier early in the game. Matz responded to the early home runs by pitching seven innings and striking out six batters for the hard-earned win.
Not only did he get the “W,” but Matz proved he could hit as well. The rookie went 3-3 in his debut with four RBIs, doubling in his first at-bat after hitting a long ball over Billy Hamilton’s head, a feat not many can accomplish.
Matz’s family was speechless as this was a big-time performance for an up-and-coming star. However, let’s remind ourselves of the talented arms the Mets now have in their starting rotation: Matt Harvey, Zack Wheeler (currently recovering from surgery), Noah Syndergaard, Jacob deGrom and now, Steven Matz. The Mets seem to be serious contenders for the World Series for the first time in years starting possibly next season if all the young, talented arms stay healthy.