Sunday in the ballpark with the Magnificent Steven Matz.
Mets pitching sensation, Steven Matz brought his lady luck from Las Vegas to Citifield, delivering a debut performance every rookie dreams of.
In the presence of over 130 family members and friends, Matz became the only pitcher to drive in four runs in his first major league appearance, giving the Mets a 7-2 victory, and a much-needed boost in their 3 game sweep over the Reds.
After an impressive start to the season, NY’s offense has been anemic of late, and their seven game skid was certainly a wake up call this weekend.
Matt Harvey had a terrific outing Saturday, giving the Mets six scoreless innings, which could have given him his eighth win, but the rain rained on his parade.
The suspended Saturday night game resumed in the 7th inning on Sunday, and in the 13th, a five-man Cincinnati infield could not contain Duda’s high chopper, which set the stage for Matz’s coming out party 30 minutes later.
The prized prospect took the mound and plate by storm in game 2, doubling, singling, and singling his way into the record books to the delight of his proud grandpa, who popped out of his seat.
With the addition of Matz to their rotation, Mets pitching has turned it up a notch, and hopefully, the not so amazing Jonathan Niese, who has shown some promise in his last four starts, will make some noise come Tuesday, before the Cubs or Dodgers take him off their hands.
But more importantly, the Mets can’t expect their stellar pitching staff to provide all of their offense, as well. This homestand has been very good to Granderson, but the rest of the team better step up to the plate if they want to hang with the nasty Nationals, and keep you can’t count them out Braves, at bay.