Jason Marquis’ surprising turnaround in San Diego is on hold thanks to a fractured left wrist suffered when he knocked down a line drive with his glove hand Tuesday.
Marquis actually remained in the game and pitched three more innings with a broken wrist, which is pretty remarkable. And afterward he admitted: “I had an idea it could possibly be broken, but you have to drag me off the mound.”
Marquis got released by the Twins in May after posting an 8.47 ERA and more walks (14) than strikeouts (12) in 34 innings, but quickly latched on with the Padres and has started 15 games with a 4.04 ERA and 79/28 K/BB ratio in 94 innings for San Diego.
Mets starter Steven Matz helped his own cause again, belting a solo home run in the top of the third inning of Tuesday’s game against the Phillies. Matz turned on a 1-1 breaking ball from Cy Young contender Aaron Nola, breaking a scoreless tie.
Matz also homered in his previous start against the Marlins last Thursday. According to MLB Stat of the Day, he is the third Mets pitcher to homer in back-to-back starts, joining Tom Seaver (1972) and Ron Darling (1989).
Matz is the fourth full-time pitcher to hit multiple home runs this season, joining the Reds’ Michael Lorenzen (four), and the Cardinals’ John Gant and Miles Mikolas (two each). The last Mets pitcher to hit multiple home runs in a season was Noah Syndergaard, who hit three in 2016.
Along with the bat, Matz has also been dealing on the mound. As of this writing, he has held the Phillies scoreless over five innings despite walking five batters and allowing two hits.