Steven Matz had a scrappy 6 1/3-inning start on Saturday, allowing just one earned run and striking out five. Unfortunately for Matz, the offense couldn’t back him up in a 3-0 loss to the Rays at Citi Field, but the outing could very well boost the starter’s trade value by the non-waiver Trade Deadline.
Mets manager Mickey Callaway said he believes Matz’s progression in pitching and confidence is due in large part to working with pitching coach Dave Eiland.
“His changeup has been really good, I think his curveball is coming along, but Matzy’s ability to throw a fastball in against a righty is what sets him apart in my mind,” Callway said. “His ability to throw at the front hip and bring it on that inside corner allows him to really execute the change, up, down and away and keep those guys off-balance.”
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