PORT ST. LUCIE — The analytical numbers are starting to add up more favorably for Steven Matz under new Mets pitching coach Jeremy Hefner.
“It’s been really good, I think he is really good at communicating some of the analytics stuff to us and translating it to a way where we can actually take action in it,’’ the left-hander said Saturday at the team’s pre-camp. Matz could find himself in a battle for a rotation spot after the additions of Rick Porcello and Michael Wacha.
“Some of that stuff, as new as it is, is hard to translate to ‘OK, how do I do that on the mound?’ And I think that is something he is really good at,’’ Matz said after a long-toss session and a conversation with Hefner.
Matz had not been comfortable with analytics in the past.
“I think I was hesitant towards it just because you see all these numbers,’’ Matz said. “You don’t want to change anything because you know what got you here and all of a sudden this new stuff is coming along and you are like, ‘Wait a minute, I don’t want to start changing everything now.’ I think that’s the big thing. The numbers can show that little adjustments can help a lot.’’