Steven Matz Looks To Keep On Rolling Tonight For The New York Mets

Starting pitching phenom Steven Matz looks to keep things rolling tonight as his New York Mets will host the Chicago White Sox.

The New York Mets finally got a Matt Harvey like performance from the guy himself on Memorial Day. Harvey pitched seven shutout innings with only two hits and six strikeouts and thanks to a Neil Walker seventh inning homer, Harvey picked up a well deserved win in the Mets 1-0 victory over the Chicago White Sox.

Tonight, Steven Matz looks to put on a similar gem vs those same White Sox at Citi Field

Game time: 7:10 PM (ET), SNY

Matz has thrown a lot of these similar gems ever since he got roughed up in his first start of 2016. Matz has won seven straight starts following that and after his ERA was around 38.00 following his first start when he only lasted 1.2 innings, he is now 7-1 overall with a 2.36 ERA and hasn’t given up more than two runs in any of his next seven outings.

Talk about a complete turnaround. This is it and Matz is not only winning, he’s dominated too. In his last start vs the division rival Washington Nationals, Matz threw 8 shutout innings, helping the Mets win 2 out of 3 in this series.

There could be more going on tonight other than Matz’s anticipated start.

Noah Syndergaard, as we all know, was controversially ejected from Saturday’s game vs the Los Angeles Dodgers after throwing a pitch inside at nemesis Chase Utley in the third inning. Syndergaard only lasted 2.1 innings so as a result, there were talks that manager Terry Collins could possibly bring the hard throwing righty from the bullpen if needed.

Collins figured it could work and that Syndergaard will still have enough rest to make his next scheduled start on Friday, since Noah didn’t pitch much last Saturday.

Another is that newly acquired first baseman James Loney, will make his Mets debut in the starting lineup tonight. Loney was acquired last Saturday for cash with Lucas Duda being out for at least a month or maybe more.

Loney who was activated today, will bat 6th in the Mets lineup.

Here are some positive quotes Loney made about coming to Queens via Mike Puma of the NY Post.

“Coming to this team you can tell the energy here is great. The vibe and to be defending NL champs is big. I’ve always felt that you want to win, obviously, but you want to be in that right situation, and I really feel like this is the right situation,” via Adam Rubin of ESPN New York.

You gotta love that if you’re a Mets fan. Loney may not have Duda’s power and he was recently sent to Triple-A but he excelled there. He may not be the player he once was but the Mets hope that he can at least be a more serviceable option at first than what they had without Duda.

Yesterday, all the talk was about Harvey and he finally came through. Tonight it will be Matz, Syndergaard’s possible relief work and Loney’s Mets debut.

It will make for another eventful night at Citi Field.


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David Hong
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