Meet the Mets
The Mets finally acquired that slugger whom everyone has been waiting for. His name is Steven Matz... and he also can pitch! The lefty drove in four runs during his major league debut while limiting the Reds to a pair of runs in seven-and-two-thirds innings pitched.
Matz is now the only pitcher on record to have three hits and four RBI in his first big league game.
It's no wonder that Matz looked so good at the plate. He was using a bat that belonged to Matt Reynolds!
Earlier on Sunday, the Mets completed a 2-1 victory over the Reds when Lucas Duda drove in Dilson Herrera with a bases-loaded ground ball in the bottom of the 13th inning. The game began on Saturday but was suspended after six innings due to rain.
To make room for Matz on the 25-man roster, left-handed reliever Jack Leathersich was optioned to Triple-A.
Sunday marked Wilmer Flores's first start of the season at second base. That means that Daniel Murphy will likely play third base when he returns from the disabled list on Tuesday.
Around the National League East
Around the Majors
The league office yesterday announced big changes to the Home Run Derby. Instead of being given a certain number of outs in each round, sluggers will have five minutes to hit as many long balls as they can.
Yesterday at Amazin' Avenue
Steve Sypa reintroduced us to Matz and his long path to the major leagues.
This date in Mets history
In 1969, Tom Seaver became the franchise's all-time wins leader. In 1971, he recorded his 1,000th career strikeout.