After an absolutely insane day on Sunday (and I’m talking about after any baseball is actually being played here), the Mets head out back to the East Coast starting in Philadelphia in where we take on the Phillies in a four-game set. The Phillies are currently 39-38 but are 1-9 in their last 10 games while they sit 6.5 games behind the Atlanta Braves for the division lead.
Steven Matz will take the bump for the Orange & Blue, and cot damn it, he better not have an outing like he did the last time he was out in Philadelphia. On April , 18th during his fourth outing of the season, Matz gave up 8 runs without even recording an out before he was removed from the game.
However, luckily through hard work, Matz was able to turn himself into one of the more consistently good pitchers on the New York Mets staff. The Stony Brook, New York native is currently 5-5 with a 4.28 ERA and a 1.37 WHIP in 14 starts and 73.2 innings pitched.
The Mets’ second round pick of the 2009 draft has struck out 74 batters while opponents are hitting .261 so far during the season. After last nights clubhouse debacle, this is a great opportunity for Matzy to go out there and take part in a turnaround. Considering the Mets and Cubs just split the series, they don’t exactly have to start a great run from scratch, although for some fans it may feel differently.
Zach Eflin, a native of Orlando, Florida will square off against the Mets offense for the second time this season. On April 23rd, Eflin or “Ef” picked up the loss or “L” as he went four innings, giving up 6 runs on 10 base hits.
The Phillies right hander is currently 6-7, an ERA of 2.83, 1.29 WHIP, with 73 strikeouts in 83 innings going into his 15th start on Monday.
Now all we have to do is figure out if Mickey Callaway just managed his final Mets game while donning the Orange & Blue. Personally, I was happy to see Callaway get the job prior to the 2018 season. However, his bullpen utilization is quite questionable, especially when you consider he was a successful pitching coach with a strong pitching staff