Notes: Steven Matz’s historic MLB debut on the mound and at the plate

Steven Matz

Steven Matz allowed two runs and five hits with three walks and six strikeouts to earn his first win in his major league debut on Sunday.

Matz also went 3-for-3 with four RBI at the plate.

Here are some notes about Matz’s historic performance:

  • Matz is the sixth pitcher in club history to throw at least 7 2/3 innings in his big league debut, becoming the first pitcher since Brent Gaff on July 7, 1982 to accomplish that feat (he also threw 7 2/3 innings).
  • He is the first Met to win a big league debut of at least 7 2/3 innings since Gary Gentry did so on April 10, 1969 when he threw 8 2/3 innings to beat the Expos in his debut.
  • Matz is the first Met to throw 7 2/3 innings and allow five or fewer hits in his debut since Randy Tate allowed five hits in eight innings in his debut on April 14, 1975 against the Phillies.
  • In the last seven games in which a Mets starting pitcher has made his debut (Matt Harvey, Collin McHugh, Zack Wheeler, Rafael Montero, Jacob deGrom, Noah Syndergaard and Matz), they are 3-3 with a 1.38 ERA – Matz became the first Mets starter to win his debut since Wheeler did so on June 18, 2013 in Atlanta.
  • Matz is the 11th player and first pitcher in the last century to record at least three hits and four RBI in his big league debut.
  • He is the second pitcher in franchise history to have three hits and four RBI in a game (Dwight Gooden on September 21, 1985 against the Pirates).
  • Matz is only the second pitcher since 2008 to have three hits and four RBI in a game. The other was Cliff Lee against the Marlins on September 16, 2013.

Here are the other players to record three hits and four RBI in their debuts in the last century (via the Mets):

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