Steven Matz impressed baseball fans with his ability to pitch and hit in his first game.
Top Mets pitching prospect Steven Matz did more than just pitch well in a rout of the Cincinnati to earn his first Major League win in his first start. In 7.2 innings, he only allowed two runs, while striking out six. But arguably his best production came on the opposite end of pitching: Batting. In three at-bats, he doubled and singled twice, driving in a debut franchise record four RBIs.
While there have been arguments against pitchers batting in the NL, especially after Adam Wainwright tore his Achilles batting, Matz has, at least for now, injected a true threat at the plate. As Matz dominated on the mound and at the plate, his grandfather may have stolen some of the show. He celebrated as if the Mets were winning the World Series, and maybe Matz will bring them one step closer to a championship.
Look below at his first at-bat, a two-out, two-RBI double: