Steven Matz
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New York Mets left-hander Steven Matz addressed his disappointing performance in the team’s 8-4 loss to Miami on Monday night.

Steven Matz took the mound on Monday night looking to go to battle against a Miami Marlins team that just surpassed 100 losses. The New York Mets left-hander desperately needed a good outing, as the team desperately needs as many wins as they can get. There’s no sugar coating it; New York is hanging on by a thread when it comes to their postseason chances

However, a solid performance from Matz didn’t occur. In the midst of an 8-4 loss, the veteran allowed nine hits and six earned runs over 5.0 innings. This included allowing a second-inning solo home run to catcher Jorge Alfaro and then a sixth-inning grand slam to Alfaro in the sixth. After the game, Matz addressed his disappointing outing to reporters.

“It’s going to be difficult but we’ve been down before and this team has shown a lot of fight this season and I think that’s what we’re going to do right to the end,” Matz said. “Unfortunately, I wasn’t able to pick up the guys tonight, but I know going forward we’re going to put our best foot forward.”

Matz is now 10-10 on the year with a 4.37 ERA and a 1.348 WHIP. He’s struck out 146 batters and has walked 47 through 154.1 innings pitched.

The Mets now find themselves 5.0 games back in the National League Wild Card race with six left to play. The Chicago Cubs, Milwaukee Brewers, and Washington Nationals are all ahead of them as the postseason nears.

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Ryan Honey is a staff writer and host of the Wide Right Podcast.