August 1 Prediction: Matz Gets Rematch vs Hoffman

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New York Mets’ Steven Matz (2-4, 5.51 ERA) has been awful recently after losing another game against the San Diego Padres to stay winless last month. While Colorado Rockies’ Jeff Hoffman (6-3, 5.58 ERA) got another loss against the St. Louis Cardinals in his last match. The two are set to face each other again but this time it will be at Coors Field, a place where Matz has never pitched before.



Steven Matz, Photo Credit: MLB


Matz lost three of the five games he’s had this month with two no decisions. His last game was a disaster after he gave up six runs on nine hits including one homer in just three innings versus the Padres. He also has a 14.18 ERA while batters have been hitting at a .472 average against him in his last four starts. However, he’s been better on the road with a 2-2 record and a 3.93 ERA.

Jeff Hoffman, Photo Credit: MLB


On the other hand, Hoffman got his second straight loss after giving up seven runs on seven hits including one homer in just four innings against the Cardinals. He has been worse than Matz in those two games with an abysmal 16.71 ERA. Plus, he hasn’t been performing well at home with a 2-2 record and a 7.79 ERA.



Colorado Rockies vs Matz, Photo Credit: MLB

DJ LeMahieu, Photo Credit: MLB


Rockies’ DJ LeMahieu is going to be a problem for Matz; he’s had three runs on three hits in four at bats with a .750/.800/.750 stat line and a 1.550 OPS against the Mets’ starter throughout his career. He was also perfect versus Matz this year; he had two runs on two hits in two at bats.

New York Mets vs Hoffman, Photo Credit: MLB

Jay Bruce, Photo Credit: MLB


While Mets’ Jay Bruce should give Hoffman some difficulties; he had one run on two hits in three at bats against the Rockies’ starting pitcher this season. He’s posting a .667/.667/1.000 stat line and a 1.667 OPS versus Gray in his career.



Throughout Matz’s three game losing streak, he also faced the Rockies at home back on July 16; it was his worst game of the month after giving up seven runs on nine hits including one homer in just one inning. While Hoffman got away with a win at Citi Field on that day despite a poor performance; he gave up four runs on seven hits including two homers in six frames during that game. So, this could be a high scoring game for both sides but if Hoffman could hold his ground again, the Mets could be en route to another loss.

Projected Winner: Colorado Rockies

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