Steven Matz already has accomplished something in Toronto that he couldn’t do last season for the Mets.
Matz was traded to the Blue Jays following a winless 2020 campaign in Queens, and the Long Island-bred lefty tossed an encouraging gem Monday in winning his first start with his new team.
The 29-year-old Matz allowed just one run on two hits with nine strikeouts over 6 1/3 innings in Toronto’s 6-2 win over the Texas Rangers.
“Now that the season’s underway, and obviously we had a lot of fans in the stands, you’ve got that extra adrenaline,” Matz said after posting his first win since Sept. 28, 2019 for the Mets.
“It really counts. It was definitely another good outing to build off of. I’m just going to try to continue to get better each time, but it’s definitely good to get the first one.”
Matz made 30 starts in consecutive seasons for the Mets in 2018-19, going 16-21 with a 4.09 ERA, but his ERA ballooned to 9.68 with a career-worst 1.696 WHIP in nine appearances (six starts) over 30 2/3 innings last season. The Mets shipped him to the Blue Jays for three minor-league pitchers in January.