Have a debut, Steven Matz! The Long Island native and lifelong Mets fan had one of the best MLB debuts in recent memory. Despite some obvious early jitters leading to three straight balls and a home run from Brandon Phillips to lead off, Matz settled in nicely. He proceeded to strike out six over 7.2 innings and put on a show fans will not soon forget.
Then he came to bat.
Steven Matz became the first player in Mets history, pitcher or position player, to have 4 RBI in his debut, and the first pitcher to do so in MLB history. And to think, we thought this kid wouldn’t solve the Mets hitting woes. In my life I have never been as excited for a pitcher coming to the plate as I was for Matz in his last couple at bats. I think he had more hits today than Michael Cuddyer has all year. We’ll check the stats on that, but I’m probably not too far off.
Mets fans also had the pleasure of watching Matz’s family enjoy his debut. Their reactions were priceless, especially that of who we are assuming to be his grandfather. We heard stories of his grandmothers’ Mets fandom, saving up coupons to get tickets to games at Shea Stadium. Then, hearing about Matz’s long journey to the big leagues, overcoming Tommy John Surgery, and waiting three years to throw a professional pitch, even the most pessimistic Mets fans had to be falling in love with Matz.
Scouts have disagreed over who is better, Noah Syndergaard or Steven Matz. Most fans have been surprised to hear this, considering all the hype surrounding Syndergaard. But now, nobody is sure. Plug those two in with Matt Harvey, Jacob deGrom, plus the eventual return of Zack Wheeler, and Mets fans have plenty to be excited about.
Today, though was about Steven Matz. And for a fanbase starving for some optimism and some offense, Matz delivered both. Matz had a final line of 7.2 IP, 6 Ks, 5 hits, 3 walks, and 2 ER. Not to mention going 3-for-3, with 4 RBI at the plate. Plus, he gets the win to cap it off. And to think, he actually grew up a Mets fan. He is one of us, and he is simply Amazin’.