Steven Matz will likely make one more rehab start
Steven Matz will make his third rehab start on Wednesday night, this time with the Double-A Binghamton Mets at NYSEG Stadium.
He is expected to throw 60 pitches in this rehab start.
On Wednesday in Philadelphia, Terry Collins said Matz will likely make one more rehab start before being activated from the disabled list.
It’s sensible to have Matz make one more rehab start after Wednesday.
First, Matz has struggled with his command in his first two starts. Even if he has a solid night on Wednesday, it would make sense to get him another start to not only build upon that success, but stretch his pitch count up to 90, which is where Collins originally said the club wanted him to be at before being activated. At that point, he can be activated with an expectation he can throw 90-100 pitches in his first start back from the disabled list.
If Matz remains on a five day schedule during his assignment, his next outing will be on Monday in Reading, Pennsylvania. That means he could be activated and could start either September 5 or 6 against the Marlins.
The Mets could use Matz to skip Noah Syndergaard in the rotation on September 5. The Mets could then go to a six-man rotation beginning Labor Day in Washington with Jon Niese, Matt Harvey, and Jacob deGrom pitching against the Nationals. That would like put Syndergaard back in the rotation September 10 in Atlanta, followed by Matz on September 11, Bartolo Colon on the 12th, and Niese on the 13th.
That positions the Mets to have Matz, Colon and Niese going in the Subway Series September 18-20.
Assuming the Mets don’t alter their rotation and go to a six-man rotation according to this outline, that means Matz, Colon and Niese would project to start the final weekend of the season against the Nationals at Citi Field. If that series ends up mattering in the standings, the Mets will presumably alter their rotation ahead of those three games.
It seems far out, but there’s no question the team is taking all of this into consideration as they plan for Matz’s return, managing Harvey and Syndergaard’s innings, and implement a six-man rotation around all of this.
Update, 8:00 PM: Matz pitched six scoreless innings tonight for Binghamton, allowing one hit and no walks with six strikeouts.
He threw 56 pitches, 41 strikes.