After Several Setbacks Matz Ready For Long-Awaited Debut




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On a Sunday afternoon at Citi Field, Mets GM Sunny Alderson and thousands of anxious fans will finally see the last group of highly-anticipated pitching phenoms.

Over the last few seasons, Mets fans have enjoyed a number of super-studs including Zach Wheeler, Jacob de Grombe and Noah Syndergaar. Just two years prior, Matt Harvey struck out 11 Arizona Diamondbacks in a game that was suspended due to rain after six innings. Now, after a number of setbacks including Tommy John surgery, it will be Steven Matz’s turn to make his first big league start.

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Fans will undoubtedly be excited to see what Matz has to offer up. Alderson has relied heavily upon his pitching stable over the last few seasons with great results. But the verdict is still out on Metz, who has yet to show if all those years of development will pay off.

Building a team around pitching can be a bit risky, as Bill Pulsipher and Paul Wilson can attest. A number of key players have already been slowed down by various injuries. The positive buzz surrounding Harvey and Wheeler is almost non-existent due to injuries, and Raphael Montero’s shoulder has rendered him practically null and void. Matz, however, has a great deal of upside, and the Mets plan on riding the hype if he proves he can deliver.

Terry Collins has always expressed his optimism. “I have never seen this many legitimate prospects in any rotation,” says Collins. “We have a chance to continue on with a dynamic rotation.” Collins also makes it plain that it is always in the team’s best interest to keep the players as healthy as possible.

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