July 23, 2014

MILWAUKEE -- Steven Matz will be looking for a little luck Sunday when he takes the mound at Miller Park for the New York Mets in the series finale against the Milwaukee Brewers at Miller Park.

The left-hander has only allowed five runs -- three earned -- in his last two starts, but the Mets managed to score only four runs in those contests.

"I had nothing out there today," Matz said after taking his first loss of the season. "I was really scuffling from the first inning on. It's just one of those days.

"(I) tried to battle the best I could. But, to only go through five innings in a doubleheader like this, I was pretty disappointed in myself."

Prior to that, Matz had been on fire. He was shelled in his first outing of the season (seven earned runs, 1 2/3 innings) but went 7-0 with a 1.13 ERA in his next seven starts, allowing just six earned runs while striking out 49 in 48 innings of work.

"He didn't command his fastball and you've got to command your fastball to make it work," Mets manager Terry Collins said after the loss. "He was up in the zone, up in the zone. He couldn't get the fastball down."

Matz will be facing Milwaukee for the second time this season; he held the Brewers to two runs in a seven-inning, eight-strikeout performance May 20 at Citi Field.

"I'm a rhythm pitcher, so I got into the rhythm," Matz told reporters after that game. "We just kind of got into that groove, but I didn't really change anything. It's just one pitch."

Milwaukee counters with right-hander Zach Davies, who is coming off two of the best starts of his career. He took a no-hitter into the seventh inning his last time out, and held Oakland to two runs on two hits with three walks and five strikeouts.

Prior to that, he worked eight shutout innings while striking out a career-high nine to lead Milwaukee to a 3-1 victory over the Cardinals.

Davies is 4-0 with a 2.91 ERA in his last seven starts, after starting the season 0-3 with an 8.78 mark.

"Zach is a young starter who is learning as he goes and proving as he goes," Brewers manager Craig Counsell said. "He's gaining more confidence, getting comfortable with his stuff, how it plays to hitters and how it needs to be good. He's getting it through experience. It's not easy to go out there for a young guy and what's good is that he's taking everything that's happened before, applying it and getting better."

Milwaukee avoided the possibility of a second sweep by the Mets this season, and snapped a six-game losing streak to New York Saturday with a 7-4 victory.

Prior to this season, the Brewers hadn't lost a season series to the Mets since 2008.

You May Like

Eagle (-2)
Birdie (-1)
Bogey (+1)
Double Bogey (+2)