They came up empty in seven meetings with the Dodgers this season, the first time the Dodgers swept a season series from the Mets. That was Matz losing focus or the Dodgers very aware that the lefthander is not good at eyeing a slow runner.
Blue Jays 4, Astros 3 (10 innings): Ryan Goins slapped a two-out, two-strike RBI single to left field, scoring Rob Refsnyder with the go-ahead run in the 10th inning of Toronto's victory over Houston. He has a 2.08 ERA over that time with no runs allowed in his past 15 innings.
Since Ryu picked up his fourth victory two days after Darvish picked up his first for the Dodgers, it has definitely helped Ryu concentrate more in games.
Pitching coach Dan Warthen previously said Matz has been trying too hard during his starts, and his mechanics have not been in line. It just comes down to making better pitches when you're in those situations.
All leading to the point of no return for the Mets. It was the first time that the 30-year-old South Korean has allowed only one hit since he joined the majors in 2013. "We've told him along with everybody else: Of 30 starts, you're going to feel good one-third of the time, feel awful one-third of the time and the other one-third you're going to be OK, and now you got to learn how to pitch when you're just OK". It is now evident this is not their season to be, it appeared that way since the month of May.
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Sunday night, he failed to the one thing that has hindered him his entire career: Hold runners on base.
"They score three runs after that", Collins said about that first inning that turned into a nightmare for Matz.
After relieving Tony Watson following the eighth inning, the first batter Mets batter Stripling faced was hyped rookie Amed Rosario, still in the midst of his first week in the major leagues.
Ryu missed the entire 2015 season to have surgery on his left shoulder to fix a torn labrum and made just one start in 2016.
"The pitcher, Steven Matz, is rubbing up the ball, he's ready to go". "We knew we needed a righty starter". "He's got to pitch", Collins said before Sunday's game. His stuff is plenty good against anybody. Sometimes that works, unless there are other issues that need to be addressed and in a season of constant questions with this Mets starting rotation, one never knows what the issue can be.
The Dodgers had 18 outs to give, but they were in a perilous spot in the bottom of the second inning on Saturday afternoon.
Steven Matz has had to do a fair amount of pitching with a exhausted arm and even while in pain at times. But, right now there are those questions about what is wrong with Steven Matz in a Mets season of everything that has gone wrong in many ways.