PORT ST. LUCIE — Steven Matz has grown accustomed to arriving at spring training knowing that if healthy, he’s assured a spot in the Mets’ starting rotation.
This year, he’s taking the approach he will have to win a job.
“What I know is we have six starters for five spots,” the left-hander said Wednesday. “And so if you look at it logistically, yes, in a sense I am competing. My mentality going in is not to compete against anyone, it’s just what it will take for my personal best — what I learned from my last few years, what I learned from last year, what I learned from my second half last year and why I started having more success.
“I just started bringing that into this spring and then letting that take care of itself, letting them make those decisions, so I think in the sense logistically looking at it, it would be stupid for me to say no.”
Matz endured a roller-coaster 2019 season — finishing 11-10 with a 4.21 ERA in 32 appearances, which included two games working in relief. He will get his first opportunity in the exhibition season Sunday, when he is scheduled to face the Cardinals at Clover Park.
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