has to be a stopper for the Mets on Sunday. That is why you should use him in
DFS against Milwaukee Sunday. Matz has to do what an ace does – stop a losing
skid. Zack Wheeler is the Mets’ best pitcher right now, but Matz has to step forward
as an ace would.
Matz is only
$8000 on DraftKings, so you can easily slide him into your lineup. Last week he
stopped a two-game losing streak by beating Philadelphia, and now he has to
halt a three-game run of defeats for the Mets against Milwaukee. Matz has often
been described as inconsistent this season, but in reality he has endured one
bad turn in five starts. He has actually allowed two earned runs or less in
four of his five outings. In fact, he has allowed three earned runs or less in
his past 11 starts dating back to last year. Not so erratic as advertised when
you look at the numbers more closely.
Syndergaard delivered another disappointing outing Saturday night, which came
after the latest Jacob deGrom fiasco, Mickey Callaway talked about how the entire
pitching staff was not “executing” well, as in getting too deep into counts and
not being economical. Well, Matz threw 99 pitches and faced 23 batters in six
innings in his last start, and 102 and 23 two starts before that. Only eight
hitters have gotten him to 3-1 or 3-2 counts this season. So he is capable of
the “execution” Callaway is looking for.
Matz has a
home ERA of 0.82 so far this season. His opponent, Gio Gonzalez, is 11-2 with a 1.75 ERA and 1.00 WHIP in 17
career starts at Citi Field but is making his first start of the season after
a less than impressive run with the Yankees in the minors over three games
(4.38 ERA, 1.47 WHIP). Milwaukee is just 14th in road batting and 28th
in day games. Expect Matz to be the key performer as the Mets stave off a home
Scott Engel is a 20-plus year veteran of the Fantasy Sports industry and an inaugural member of the Fantasy Sports Association’s Hall of Fame. He is a four-time FSWA Award winner and nine-time finalist. He won the CBS SportsLine Hall of Fame Award for his longstanding service and was a featured Fantasy analyst for ESPN.com. Scott is a longtime and award-winning host on SiriusXM Fantasy Sports Radio. He was the Managing Director and driving content force behind RotoExperts.com for more than a decade and helped launch the FNTSY Sports Network.