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Steven Matz does it all in historic debut
Steven Matz had to wait... and wait some more for his first big-league start, but it turned out to be a memorable - and historic - debut for the Mets 24-year-old left-hander. The Mets and Red first had to finish Saturday's suspended game, and it took 13 innings to get that one in the books.
Matz finally got onto the mound later in the afternoon, and the first batter he faced, Brandon Phillips, took him deep for a leadoff home run. From there, things were much better for Matz. In addition to throwing 7 2/3 innings in his first big-league start, striking out six and allowing just a pair of runs on five hits and three walks, Matz did much of his damage from the plate, going 3 for 3 with four RBIs and a double in a 7-2 win. He became the first pitcher in major league history to five in four runs in his major league debut. Pretty, pretty, pretty impressive.
Steven Matz is 1st pitcher in history to have 4 RBI in his MLB debut. He's also 1st player at ANY position in Mets history to do so.— SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) June 28, 2015
I watched most of the start and Matz looked as advertised, with a mid 90s fastball, a hammer (but not a Thor hammer) for a curve and a solid changeup that had many of the Reds off balance. The runs he gave up both came on solo shots, as Todd Frazier took also took him deep for a solo shot. If he isn't owned already in your league, Matz certainly will be owned sooner rather than later. He has the look of a difference maker down the stretch for the Mets, although it might be hard to top his debut in his next start.
One of my preseason bold predictions was that Alex Wood would finish as the Braves most valuable pitcher. After a slow start to the year, the 24-year-old lefty has turned his season around. On Sunday, he hurled 7 1/3 innings of shutout baseball against the Pirates, striking out a season-high eight batters, walking none and allowing five hits. The victory improved Wood to 5-5 with a 3.17 ERA, 1.38 WHIP and a 70/26 K/BB ratio in 93 2/3 innings. Sunday was Wood's best performance of the year, and only the second game where he didn't issue a free pass. Wood has now gone six innings or more in eight out of his last nine starts. The strikeouts are starting to come, too, so keep an eye on Wood - he could be a top-25 type guy in the second half.
Rougned Odor is on fire since his promotion, batting .364/.421/.606, and that was before Sunday's 3 for 5 performance. Over the last 30 days (prior to Sunday), Odor has a .606 slugging percentage and 1.027 OPS for the Rangers with two home runs, nine RBI and three stolen bases. Odor was always in Jurickson Profar's shadow, but he's always been a talented young player, especially with the bat. He's easily been a top-10 second baseman since his promotion, and I think he'll be more than just a middle infielder flier while he's going hot. In long-term formats, Odor still possesses a tremendous amount of value, and he shouldn't be floating around on any waiver wires.
Every time I do a roundup, Todd Frazier hits a home run. My next roundup is scheduled for Friday, so you can go ahead and set your #DFS lineups early. Frazier has put up silly numbers this season, and he's easily on pace to shatter last year's career high of 29 home runs. Because it's fun to look at, ESPN has Frazier on pace to hit 55 home runs, 46 doubles with 118 runs scored and 116 RBI. That's not happening, but could we see Frazier hit 40 home runs this yea? He certainly has a shot. Between Frazier and Arenado, it's hard to pick who should represent the National League at the All-Star Game. Both are having terrific seasons, and we're not even halfway done.
In the American League, Manny Machado has a good argument to be the starting third baseman in the All-Star Game, although he'll have to pass Kansas City's Mike Moustakas in the fan voting first. Machado hit his career-high 15th home run in the first game of a doubleheader on Sunday, finishing the day with three hits, including s home run, a double, two runs and three RBI. Machado is now hitting .305/.362/.524 with 15 home runs, 50 runs, 43 RBI and 11 steals in 324 plate appearances. He's only 22.
Collin McHugh picked up his third straight win Sunday, tossing eight innings against the Yankees and giving up one run on two hits and two walks whiles striking out eight. McHugh had hit a rough patch but he appears to have righted the ship. He now owns a 4.51 ERA and 1.27 WHIP with the Red Sox next on Saturday. Stephen Strasburg, meanwhile, had another strong outing on Sunday against the Phillies, giving up two runs in seven innings. Strasburg was terrible earlier this season, but he's now delivered two strong performances since returning from injury. He'll look to keep it going against the Giants in his next start.
There appears to be a lot of trade interest in Jon Niese since the Mets went to a six-man rotation. The Cubs were linked to Niese earlier this weekend, and now Ken Rosenthal is reporting that the Dodgers are interested in his services. It would make sense for New York to entertain offers for Niese, but I believe they'll hold onto him. You can never have enough pitching, and the Mets rotation - outside of Bartolo Colon and Niese - are young. The Cubs, especially, need a back-end starter, so there could be a fit. I don't see his fantasy value being affected if he does get traded to another team. Niese is 3-7 with a 4.12 ERA and 1.52 WHIP, but he's rattled off four consecutive quality starts.
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