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Mets World Series: Steven Matz will start Game 4 regardless of Game 3 outcome

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The rookie lefty will start rather than Matt Harvey on short rest.

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With Game 3 of the World Series set for tonight, the Mets have announced that rookie left-handed pitcher Steven Matz will start Game 4 regardless of the outcome of Game 3. The team will do that rather than start Matt Harvey on what would be just three days' rest.

Harvey's innings limit has been a topic of extensive conversation and debate for the better part of the last two months, and with growing talk of dead arms in the starting rotation—especially with Harvey and Jacob DeGrom—the Mets will go with arguably, the team's freshest arm in Matz, who's thrown 115 fewer innings and 1,804 fewer total pitches this season than the other members of the postseason rotation.

The Game 4 start will be the ninth major league start of Matz's career. He had a 2.27 ERA and 3.61 FIP in six regular season starts for the Mets. He's pitched 9.2 innings over two postseason starts, and he has a 3.72 ERA and 2.72 FIP over that span.