What will it take for Steven Matz to improve against the Phillies? In 2020, Matz recorded an ERA of 8.2 and allowed 8 home runs in only 18.2 innings.
After a productive year for Steven Matz (11-10) in 2019, many fans were expecting him to take the leap into a solid second starter behind Jacob Degrom. Steven Matz gave up 27 home runs and recorded a 4.21 earned run average last season, and he was hoping to improve upon those numbers in spring training. However, he will have to work hard to overcome his rocky start to the season.
Steven Matz to Improve: The Issues He Faces Now
In only 18.2 IP, Matz has allowed eight home runs and has an ERA of 8.20. While these numbers seem terrible, they are just applicable to his first four starts. His command of the curveball has seemed off in his 2020 outings because the pitch tends to hang in the zone. After Steven Matz’s start on August 10th, Luis Rojas attributed the problems to reduced velocity and overall “slowed down” mechanics. He continued to suggest that Matz may be tipping his pitches due to his altered delivery on his offspeed pitches.
How Steven Matz Will Attempt to Improve
When Matz was interviewed postgame, he explained that his mechanics looked great during spring training, but that he has not been able to execute so far this season. He went further by saying that he will work with his pitching coaches and talk to some Mets’ batters for techniques on concealing his pitches. In regards to his curveball, Matz will need to make sure he does not hang them over the plate, the primary reason why he tends to give up the long ball.
Matz will be looking to recover from this shaky start to the season when he takes on the last-place Phillies on Saturday at 6:05 PM EST at Citizens Bank Park. The Phillies have averaged 5.14 runs per game to start the 2020 season, so Steven Matz will need to execute his pitches and limit his walks during tomorrow night’s contest. Also, Jacob Degrom will not make his start on Friday night against the Phillies due to neck tightness.
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