We all witnessed what happened yesterday afternoon between the Mets and Reds, and if you hadn't, then you really missed out on a lot. The first pitch that Steven Matz threw in the big leagues nearly went to the backstop and just a few pitches later he gave up a solo Home Run to the first batter he faced. That doesn't sound too promising, especially considering that he gave up a second Home Run just a few innings later, but by the time the game was over, all was well in Matz land.
You can't really blame Matz for that second Home Run though, the one who hit iit was known as The ToddFather, yep, that was Todd Fraizer's 25th Home Run of the season. Aside for those two Home Runs, Matz was as perfect as he can be, both pitching and hitting.
Matz had given up just 3 other hits and issued 3 walks as well while striking out 6 batters. Everyone thought at the end of the 7th inning he would be taken out with 100 pitches but went on to throw 10 more in the 8th to get 2 outs. With his 2 ER performance over 7.2 innings, his ERA stands at 2.35, yet what he had done at he plate is even more outstanding.
In the bottom of the 2nd inning, the Reds walked Campbell to get to Matz, who retaliated with a 2 Run Double. In his second at bat, he showed bunt 5 times and on a 3-2 count with a runner on 1st, he swung away for a single. Campbell advanced to 3rd on the play and might not have been able to score had Matz executed the Sac since he would have been on 2nd with 1 Out.
In his 3rd At Bat in the Bottom of the 6th with the bases loaded, Matz ripped a 2 Run Double, He became the first Met player ever to record 4 RBI's in their debut, and that included Position players too, and he became the first Pitcher in MLB history to do that.
Too bad that Fantasy sports don't count pitchers who hit, we could have had some big winners.