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Preview: Mets (75-60) at Marlins (56-80)
Venue: Marlins Park
Date: September 06, 2015 1:10 PM EDT
Healthy again, Steven Matz is ready to pick up where he left off for the New York Mets.
Looking to continue the success he enjoyed before being injured in July, the touted Mets prospect returns to the mound Sunday against Miami at Marlins Park.
Called up June 28 to make his big league debut, Matz (2-0, 1.32 ERA) allowed two runs in 13 2-3 innings over his two starts before a partially torn lat muscle landed him on the disabled list July 10. Once he healed, New York’s second-round pick in 2009 went 1-0 with 1.20 ERA in four rehab starts for Class A St. Lucie and Double A-Binghamton. The left-hander didn’t yield a run in his final 11 1-3 innings.
“I think he’s going to be fine,” New York manager Terry Collins told MLB’s official website. “I think his stuff speaks for itself.”
Matz, who gave up two hits and struck out eight in six innings of an 8-0 win at Dodger Stadium in his most recent major league start July 5, believes he’s capable of strutting his stuff again.
“I was a little worried about having the time off with my sharpness, but I feel like I was able to get that back during my rehab stint,” Matz said. “I’m just going to take it day by day, week by week, start by start and go from there, and then let the rest kind of fall into place.”
He’s taking the place of fellow rookie Noah Syndergaard, whose turn in the rotation is being skipped.
“I’ll do whatever they ask,” Matz said.
He won’t be the only pitcher at Marlins Park returning to a major league mound Sunday.
Jarred Cosart (1-4, 5.36) last pitched for Miami on July 4 when he allowed seven runs, two homers and walked three in 1 2-3 innings of a 7-2 loss to the Chicago Cubs. The Marlins (56-80) optioned the right-hander to Triple-A New Orleans that same night, and he also spent time with Class A Jupiter before earning this September call-up.
Cosart, who also spent time on the DL this season with vertigo, is just glad to be in the majors again.
“I’m just happy to be healthy,” said Cosart, who will be making his ninth start of 2015. “Whatever they want me to do. I don’t think this is something that is going to make or break anything moving forward. Obviously, I’d like to have a good last month, whatever my role is, whatever my job is.”
Cosart has a 3.38 ERA without a decision in two starts against the Mets (75-60) this season. His best outing of 2015 came against them April 27 when he allowed two hits over eight scoreless innings in a 3-1 victory.
Wilmer Flores and Juan Lagares are a combined 7 for 15 against Cosart. Each homered Saturday as New York scored all its runs in the first two innings to even this three-game set with a 7-0 victory.
Lagares is batting .340 with that home run and nine RBIs in 14 games against the Marlins this season.
Martin Prado is hitting .408 in his last 12 games for Miami, which had its four-game winning streak snapped.