Rangers third baseman joined the 400 home run club on Friday night when he clubbed a Bruce Chen offering over the fence in center field in the first inning. He is the 52nd player in baseball history to join the 400 home run club and the fifth third baseman (with at least 50% of games played at the position), joining Mike Schmidt, Eddie Mathews, Chipper Jones, and Darrell Evans.
Following the homer, with which he went back-to-back with Prince Fielder, Beltre is batting .248/.286/.421 with five home runs and 13 RBI. He got off to a dreadful start, but has picked it up as of late, going yard three times in his last six games.
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.