Steven Matz has been named the National League Rookie of the Month for May. The young lefty from Long Island who broke onto the national stage late last season put up fantastic numbers this past month. He had a 1.83 ERA with 31 strikeouts and just four walks (a 7.75 ratio!), a 0.76 WHIP, and a .179 batting average against in 34.1 innings.
Matz has been arguably the most consistent Mets pitcher in the young season. In fifteen career major league starts, Matz has a rate of 8.60 strikeouts and 2.08 walks per nine innings with a 2.47 ERA, 1.12 WHIP, and 3.15 FIP. Matz's start has perhaps flown a bit under the radar thanks to his incredible rotation mates. His sub-2.50 ERA and strikeout-to-walk ratio greater than 4.00 through his first 15 starts is a truly excellent start to a career, and it's possible that he could get better going forward.