The 24-year-old starter missed his last turn in the rotation due to elbow soreness, but the discomfort proved to be nothing serious. He last pitched on May 9, when he allowed two runs in six innings to defeat the Los Angeles Dodgers. As a result, he was spared a trip to Coors Field. Logan Verrett was unable to replicate last year's superb spot start against the Colorado Rockies, surrendering 10 hits, three walks, and seven runs over 2.1 innings.
Since allowing seven runs in a brutal start to open 2016, Matz has since posted a 1.09 ERA in five outings, all victories, while picking up 34 strikeouts in 33 innings. He now holds a 2.86 ERA, 2.71 FIP, and 4.38 K-BB ratio on the season, placing him among a crowded crop (Corey Seager, Trevor Story, Aledmys Diaz, Kenta Maeda) of National League Rookie of the Year candidates.
Matz is scheduled to return on Friday against a Brewers offense with the second-highest walk percentage and third-worst strikeout percentage. Although he'll have missed the Mets' first series against the Washington Nationals, his turn would come up to close next week's series at Washington on Wednesday.