In the team's heartbreaking 5-3 loss yesterday in Game 4 of the World Series, a major storyline was blatantly overshadowed: Steven Matz.
Matz pitched five excellent innings last night in a must-win game for the Mets. He allowed seven hits (two in the sixth), allowing two runs, while striking out five and walking none.
He might not be as polished as the rest of the Mets' pitching staff, but that's expected for a player who has just nine Major League starts under his belt. His poise and stuff was great and even Alex Rodriguez, who was commentating for FOX, praised the fact that he's a left-handed pitcher that can throw harder 95 mph.
Even more exciting for Matz and the Mets is that the 24-year-old is from Long Island and grew up rooting for the team.
"This is what you write up in your backyard when you're playing Wiffle ball," Matz said before Game 4 (via CBS Sports). "I always thought about it. I didn't know it was actually going to come to truth or whatever. It's actually amazing. It's pretty big blessing being here, especially my first year being a part of this team."
And while Matz did everything he could to bring that dream to reality, it was the bullpen that soured his performance. But baseball is a team effort and there is nothing Matz could do about it.
One thing is for sure: Matz looked and pitched like the type of pitcher that will be pitching in many more big games to come.