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Thursday, May 26, 2016

FANTASY BASEBALL STATUS REPORT: STEVEN MATZ ALREADY LOOKING LIKE A FANTASY BASEBALL ACE

Coming off yet another Matt Harvey brutal beatdown at the hands of the Washington Nationals, the New York Mets turned to lefty Steven Matz to try and win the series for them Wednesday afternoon.  Continuing a pattern of ace-like pitching since getting blasted in his initial 2016 start, Matz tossed eight shutout innings which included just four hits given up, one walk, and 7 strikeouts.  The outing brought Matz' season totals to a 2.36 ERA. 0.99 WHIP, and 50 strikeouts in 49.2 innings while going 7-1.  Take out the first dud and Matz has an ERA under 2.00.  All at the age of 24 and in his first full MLB season.  No matter how you look at it, Matz has been phenomenal this season and his numbers are impressive wherever you look such as his 9.29 K/9 which is at another ace level.  His 0.65 HR/9 is also splendid and shows that Matz is not beating himself there with the long ball.  Matz also is showing good control with his 1.71 BB/9.  Put them all together and only health has held Matz back this season as he missed a start with tightness in his pitching elbow.  Health has been a challenge for Matz in his young career as he already has been a victim of Tommy John elbow surgery, plus he missed two months in 2015 with a torn lat muscle.  As long as Matz' health is good, he has fantasy baseball ace stuff which he has shown throughout 2016.  A late fade could happen due to fatigue but all signs are positive thus far for the kid.


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