Meet the Matz! The Mets call up Steven Matz to make his MLB debut

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The Mets have called up lefty Steven Matz from Las Vegas and today he’ll make his major league debut.

Matz is one of the top pitching prospects in the game, with a 2.19 ERA, 1.11 WHIP and 94/31 K/BB ratio over 90 1/3 innings at Las Vegas this season. Which is saying something given how much of a hitters’ paradise Las Vegas is in particular and the Pacific Coast League is in general.

Matz was the Mets’ second round draft pick in 2009. He had Tommy John surgery in 2010, however, and due to numerous setbacks, aches and pains took two years to recover. He didn’t debut in the minors until 2012. His breakout season came last year when he in went 10-9 with a 2.25 ERA in 24 starts for High-A St. Lucie and Double-A Binghamton.

The Mets will employ a six-man rotation with Matz in the fold. He faces off against the Reds this afternoon.

Brewers have 3 positive COVID tests at alternate site

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MILWAUKEE — The Brewers had two players and a staff member test positive for the coronavirus at their alternate training site in Appleton, Wisconsin.

Milwaukee president of baseball operations David Stearns confirmed the positive results Saturday and said they shouldn’t impact the major league team. Teams are using alternate training sites this season to keep reserve players sharp because the minor league season was canceled due to the pandemic.

Stearns said the positive tests came Monday and did not name the two players or the staff member. Players must give their permission for their names to be revealed after positive tests.

The entire camp was placed in quarantine.

“We have gone through contact tracing,” Stearns said. “We do not believe it will have any impact at all on our major league team. We’ve been fortunate to get through this season relatively unscathed in this area. Unfortunately, we weren’t able to get all the way there at our alternate site.”

Milwaukee entered Saturday one game behind the Reds and Cardinals for second place in the NL Central, with the top two teams qualifying for the postseason.

The Brewers still will be able to take taxi squad players with them on the team’s trip to Cincinnati and St. Louis in the final week of the season. He said those players have had repeated negative tests and the team is “confident” there would be no possible spread of the virus.

“Because of the nature of who these individuals were, it’s really not going to affect the quarantine group at all,” Stearns said. “We’re very fortunate that the group of players who could potentially be on a postseason roster for us aren’t interacting all that much with the individuals that tested positive.”