The rookie pitcher dealt with a back injury, specifically tightness behind his right shoulder blade, during the end of the regular season. He pitched in a simulated game last week and reported no pain afterwards. He was one of 11 pitchers named to the Mets’ postseason roster.
The lefty made his last start on Sept. 24, but went 4–0 with a 2.27 ERA in his six outings this season.
Matz, 24, last faced the Dodgers on July 5, when he pitched six scoreless innings, allowing just two hits and striking out eight.
Tuesday’s game marks Matz’s first postseason start.
If the series goes to a decisive fifth game, Jacob deGrom will get the start for New York.
- Beth Maiman