It’s not news the Mets have one of the best starting rotations in the league. In 2016, injuries derailed the rotation, from Matt Harvey to Jacob deGrom to Steven Matz, the Mets were filled with injuries.
Steven Matz has been far from a disappointment during his tenure in the big leagues.
Matz went 4-0 with a 2.27 ERA in his rookie year, and for the first two months of the 2016 season, he was one of the best pitchers in baseball, going 7-1 with a 2.28 ERA while looking like he was going to be another ace to pair along with Harvey, Noah Syndergaard, and deGrom.
Then starting in June, his season started to go downhill. He only won another two games and lost seven, and his ERA rose from 2.28 to 3.40. Then, after arguably the best start of his career where he pitched 7.1 innings of no-hit ball against the Padres, Matz was shut down for the rest of the year due to a bone spur in his elbow.
Don’t get me wrong, 9-8 with a 3.40 ERA and 129 strikeouts is phenomenal for a fourth starter, but with the way Matz started off the season, and a full offseason to recover, he could be primed to do that for a full season and make himself known as one of the best left-handed pitchers in the game.