Will Matz Mania Strike New York?

The New York Mets have a plethora of young arms at the minor league level, but one starter in particular could be a diamond in the rough for the Amazin's

It never hurts to have too much pitching. With the Mets’ recent promotion of Noah Syndergaard to the big leagues, there is much talk about the future of top prospect Steven Matz. Some have argued the Mets should package him in a deal to acquire a few offensive game changers. The problem with that is the Mets would have to put other top youngsters in a trade like Syndergaard.

Sign some free agents. Grow some home talent. Don’t trade potentially great pitching, even after shaky outings.

Thursday night, left-hander Steven Matz took the mound for the Las Vegas 51s (27-14) as they faced off against the Oklahoma City Dodgers (26-13). While he didn’t possess his best stuff, he still managed to obtain the win. In 6.1 innings, Matz allowed six runs (four earned) and struck out seven. However, Matz’ ERA is still an impressive 2.24.

Before his promotion, Syndergaard overshadowed Matz in the minors. But now Matz is next in line to join the Mets’ starting rotation. If Matz is promoted, the Mets will have an entire rotation full of home grown talent.

Like all pitchers, there is skepticism surrounding Matz’s development as a major league starting pitcher. He’s never thrown over 140 innings in a season. Baseball is a long season. The Mets need to ensure that Matz can throw as many innings as a major league starter. If not, he may need more time in the minors or be converted into a long reliever.

Also, injuries have plagued the Mets for what seems like centuries. In fact, Matz is no stranger to pain. He underwent Tommy John’s surgery in 2010 and had resulting pain in 2011, pushing his minor league debut to 2012.

Regardless of the skepticism surrounding Matz, if Jon Niese continues to struggle Matz may have an opportunity to jump up to the big leagues. Niese’s stats are not terrible, but he’s just so inconsistent. He’ll have one good start then one horrible outing. He hasn’t provided the Mets with the consistency needed to make a playoff push.

The fans are calling for Matz. Will they “Meet the Matz” soon?


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It never hurts to have too much pitching. With the Mets’ recent promotion of Noah Syndergaard to the big leagues, there is much talk about the future of top prospect Steven Matz. Some have argued the Mets should package him in a deal to acquire a few offensive game changers. The problem with that is the Mets would have to put other top youngsters in a trade like Syndergaard.

Sign some free agents. Grow some home talent. Don’t trade potentially great pitching, even after shaky outings.

Thursday night, left-hander Steven Matz took the mound for the Las Vegas 51s (27-14) as they faced off against the Oklahoma City Dodgers (26-13). While he didn’t possess his best stuff, he still managed to obtain the win. In 6.1 innings, Matz allowed six runs (four earned) and struck out seven. However, Matz’ ERA is still an impressive 2.24.

Before his promotion, Syndergaard overshadowed Matz in the minors. But now Matz is next in line to join the Mets’ starting rotation. If Matz is promoted, the Mets will have an entire rotation full of home grown talent.

Like all pitchers, there is skepticism surrounding Matz’s development as a major league starting pitcher. He’s never thrown over 140 innings in a season. Baseball is a long season. The Mets need to ensure that Matz can throw as many innings as a major league starter. If not, he may need more time in the minors or be converted into a long reliever.

Also, injuries have plagued the Mets for what seems like centuries. In fact, Matz is no stranger to pain. He underwent Tommy John’s surgery in 2010 and had resulting pain in 2011, pushing his minor league debut to 2012.

Regardless of the skepticism surrounding Matz, if Jon Niese continues to struggle Matz may have an opportunity to jump up to the big leagues. Niese’s stats are not terrible, but he’s just so inconsistent. He’ll have one good start then one horrible outing. He hasn’t provided the Mets with the consistency needed to make a playoff push.

The fans are calling for Matz. Will they “Meet the Matz” soon?

See what Mets fans are saying here

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