Lefty strikes out 6, allows just 4 hits to Marlins over 6 scoreless innings
By Patrick Pinak
MIAMI -- Steven Matz put together just the start the Mets were hoping for in Sunday's 3-0 win over the Marlins. The command was on, and any suspicions that the bone spur in his left elbow had affected him recently were put to rest.
Matz twirled six dominant innings, limiting the National League's best hitting club to just four hits in his first win since May 25. He fanned six and ran his fastball into the mid-90s.
"I just didn't wanna miss fat," Matz said. "I didn't wanna make a mistake where he could extend his hands and hit the ball out of the ballpark with two runners on there."
Matz was plagued by a mistake pitch to the Cubs' Anthony Rizzo that resulted in a three-run home run in his last start. But on Sunday, he was determined not to let that happen against Stanton.
"Stanton came up with runners on a couple different times. It's just not giving him that good pitch that he can crush," Matz said. "That was kind of the separator today."
In the nine starts since his last win on May 25, Matz had been 0-5 with a 4.73 ERA. The left-hander said one issue he's had was keeping calm and not trying to blow it past hitters.
"Early on, I was focused on staying within myself and just letting my mechanics take over and not trying to muscle it up," he said.
Mets manager Terry Collins said the start was encouraging, especially after the spotty pitch execution Matz showed in Chicago.
"You saw a lot of swings and misses on his fastball," Collins said. "I thought his changeup and his curveball he threw for strikes. Getting out of the sixth inning, he said he was tired and we got him out of there. But otherwise, I thought he had a great game."
Patrick Pinak is a reporter for MLB.com based in Miami. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.