21 Facts About Steven Matz

1. Steven Matz was born in Long Island and is a lifelong Mets fan.

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2. Steven Matz goes all over the country, but not where Cain lives.

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3. Steven Matz has had himself a fantastic year after a rough first start of the season, positioning himself as a frontrunner for the NL Rookie of the Year.

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4. New York Mets left-hander Steven Matz will be evaluated by doctors after experiencing forearm discomfort.

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5. Steven Matz was second in the major leagues behind teammate Noah Syndergaard in stolen bases allowed, with 28.

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6. Steven Matz rebounded from a rough opening start to pitch better for the Mets in 2018, seeing his strikeout rate and earned run average improve before a disastrous start against the Washington Nationals on July 31.

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7. Steven Matz began the year as the Mets' third starter behind Noah Syndergaard and Jacob deGrom.

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8. Steven Matz was the first Mets pitcher with four RBIs in any game since Dwight Gooden in 1990.

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9. Steven Matz attended Ward Melville High School in East Setauket, New York, and pitched and played first base for the school's baseball team.

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10. Steven Matz has an older brother, Jonathan, and younger sister, Jillian.

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11. Steven Matz is already getting to know Brodie Van Wagenen.

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12. On September 18, Steven Matz became the first Mets pitcher to homer in back-to-back starts since Ron Darling in 1989.

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13. Steven Matz began the 2018 season with the big league club, as he was able to stay healthy in Spring Training.

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14. Steven Matz received one third place vote for the 2016 National League Rookie of the Year, placing him in a three-way tie for sixth place with Jon Gray and Seung-hwan Oh.

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15. Steven Matz made his first start on Monday Night Baseball against the Miami Marlins, but was shelled by Miami, only pitching 1.2 innings, and allowing 7 runs, taking the loss.

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16. Steven Matz started game four of the 2015 World Series against the Kansas City Royals pitching 5 innings giving up 7 hits, 2 runs, and 5 strikeouts.

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17. In his second start, Steven Matz pitched six scoreless innings while striking out eight and allowing two hits.

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18. Steven Matz had scheduled a flight to attend his orientation at Coastal Carolina for the next day.

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19. Steven Matz began receiving pitching lessons at age 10, from former MLB pitcher Neal Heaton.

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20. Steven Matz was raised as a non-practicing Lutheran though he joined the evangelical Calvary Chapel while a minor leaguer.

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21. Steven Matz was born on May 29, 1991 in Stony Brook, New York, the second child of Ron and Lori Matz.

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