Just three days after Jason Vargas had to be ripped off from the start when he allowed four earned runs in a third of the inning, Mets pitcher Steven Matz outscored his teammate against the Phillies on Tuesday with a performance even worse. On a free run, he faced eight batters, allowed eight runs and recorded zero outs.
The problem started when a fielding error helped Andrew McCutchen to arrive first, and a Jean Segura double moved the runners to second and third. With those ducks in the pond, Matz hit Bryce Harper with a sinker of 93 miles per hour to load the bases. J.T. Realmuto then hit a double in a 0-2 count to take two runners home. Scott Kingery then hit a three-race dinger to left field so that Matz can match the worst pitching performance in a half-inning for the team this season with his fourth career win, although Vargas was at least kind enough to get an exit for his team first.
But Matz was not finished yet. For some reason, the Mets manager, Mickey Callaway, believed that his pitcher still had the chance to redeem himself. The pitcher used this confidence to walk with Cesar Hernandez and allow Aaron Altherr to reach the base thanks to a fielding error. It was not until Maikel Franco smoked a change of 83 miles per hour in the stratosphere for a three-run home run when Callaway finally disconnected from his lefty fighter.
Matz went to the dugout with a standing ovation from the Philadelphia crowd. As if a line of four hits statistics, eight runs (six deserved), one walk and two home runs were not bad enough, his effectiveness also jumped from 1.65, good for the fifth best in baseball, to 4.96. Oh, and it made its way into the history books.
He also joined some guys with his feat.
The good news for Matz is that he is not as bad as at least one of the pitchers on this list. Paul Wilson, for example, won the eight races he abandoned in the terrible race he had in 2005, and would only have two more starts (he allowed 20 hits and 11 runs in those two games) before leaving the league altogether. . Then things could always be worse.