The Mets withstood two consecutive abridged starts by their rotation, coming back each time behind a resilient bullpen and a productive lineup, to post two desperation wins they needed to barely remain alive in the National League playoff hunt.
Steven Matz, however, made sure there would not be a third.
Matz’s first start in more than a month was no different from those he’d fumbled through before getting pulled from the rotation in mid-August and eventually landing on the injured list with left shoulder discomfort.
The Long Island lefty was hammered for six runs on eight hits, including home runs by Marcell Ozuna and Austin Riley, in just 2 ²/₃ innings in a 15-2 drubbing Friday by the first-place Atlanta Braves at Citi Field.
Todd Frazier worked a scoreless ninth for the Mets — even striking out Adam Duvall — to join Luis Guillorme as position players to pitch for them this season.
The 29-year-old Matz is winless in five decisions and seven appearances (one in relief) overall this season with a bloated 9.79 ERA. His last four starting outings since Aug. 4 have been even worse, crushed for 25 earned runs over 14 ¹/₃ frames (15.70).
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