What Joey Lucchesi’s addition to Mets could mean for Steven Matz

Steven Matz/Joey Lucchesi
Steven Matz/Joey Lucchesi

The Mets’ rotational depth was boosted much more with the acquisition of Joey Lucchesi on Monday. A young lefty with space to grow, the previous San Diego Padres will head down to Port St. Lucie to fight for an area in the back end of the rotation.

Which fight will likely be a heated one with Steven Matz.

As things stand today, the Mets’ beginning 5 appear like this: Jacob deGrom, Marcus Stroman, Carlos Carrasco, David Peterson and Matz. The factor Matz complete the lot is because of his woeful 2020 project that required Luis Rojas to move him to the bullpen due to irregular starts. Peterson, on the other hand, maximized his MLB launching, owning a 3.44 PERIOD over 10 video games. Matz ended up with an AGE near 10 (9.68 to be specific).

Lucchesi didn’t have the very best 2020 run either. He played in simply 3 video games with San Diego prior to they sent him down to the alternate training website since of his battles. He had a 7.94 PERIOD over 5.2 innings, and he was required to decrease to figure whatever out.

So both he and Matz enter into Spring Training trying to find a new beginning. And both of them most likely acknowledge what’s at stake.

Being a beginning pitcher his whole profession, the 29-year-old Matz definitely doesn’t wish to transfer to the bullpen. However the 2020 season doesn’t specify who the hard-throwing lefty is on the mound. He was having a hard time with command all season long and attempted overcoming it. Now Matz had a complete offseason to come down to organization to find out how to return to the strong mid-rotation arm he has actually been for the majority of his profession.

However Lucchesi will be awaiting him down in Florida, and while they might be colleagues, this 27-year-old doesn’t wish to return down to the minors. He was a pillar with the Padres in 2018 and 2019, owning a 4.08 and 4.18 PERIOD respectively over those 2 seasons. He’s a craftier pitcher than Matz, with less speed however excellent break on his sinker/cutter combination that likewise operates in a great curveball.

It will likewise be fascinating to see who wins the camp fight since of the loser ramifications. For Lucchesi, he has 2 more minors alternatives, so the Mets can send him down easily this season if requirement be. On the contrary, Matz doesn’t have any alternatives and can turn down a project in Triple-A if he so selects.

And it’s likewise worth keeping in mind that a Noah Syndergaard return looms at some time this season, too. What occurs to the rotation then? We can’t yet inform who’s area he would take control of, however an informed guess would be somebody in the back end.

Suffice it to state, there’s a lot riding on Spring Training efficiencies for these 2 pitchers that will be contending for an area — along with Peterson since the jury is still out on him – to see who will remain in the rotation and who will get the brief end of the stick.

Jobber Wiki author Frank Long contributed to this report.