While the Mets won’t be able to win the series, a road split in San Francisco is not any kind of momentum killer. New York will send left handed pitcher Steven Matz to square off against the Giants and Conner Menez in what will be the last time the Mets visit Oracle Park during the regular season.
Matz is said to be on a pitch count of 75-80 pitches which strikes me as a bit strange since Steven’s return to the rotation is not due to a prior injury, yet a scheduling conflict with the All-Star Game which pushed Matz to the bullpen before the team had four days off.
The lefty from Stony Brook, New York is 5-6 with an ERA of 4.87, a 1.48 WHP and has 80 strikeouts in 85.0 innings pitched. However, unfortunately in Matz’ last seven games, he owns an ERA of 7.66 with a record of 0-2 over 22.1 innings.
Conner Menez is making his Major League debut against the New York Mets on a Sunday afternoon and that’s just a recipe for disaster. We all know the Mets have terrible luck against rookies, especially those that are making their debut and their Sunday afternoon record hasn’t been good for the last few years.
All that said, the team hasn’t been too bad against left handed pitching this year and with the Sunday jinx, the past is the past. The Mets should be the favorites in this game after a great game on Saturday. Especially with Pete Alonso coming off of a game in which he hit a home run in a pinch-hit situation, so the rookie should be well rested.