Update #2 (3:19 PM EDT): And it’s gone. Matz struck out Jabari Blash, but Alexei Ramirez followed up with a single to right field to end Matz’s no-hit bid. Manager Terry Collins promptly removed the lefty from the game at 105 pitches.
Update (3:03 PM EDT): Matz struck out Wil Myers, got Yangervis Solarte to fly out to right field, and Alex Dickerson to hit into a 1-3 ground out to end the inning. Matz is through seven frames without yielding a hit. He’s at 95 pitches.
Mets starter Steven Matz has held the Padres hitless through six innings on Sunday afternoon at Citi Field. He has walked two and struck out six on 86 pitches. The lefty entered Sunday’s start with a 3.60 ERA and a 121/29 K/BB ratio in 125 innings.
The Mets’ offense has provided Matz two runs of support. Wilmer Flores hit a solo home run in the second inning and Neil Walker hit a solo shot of his own in the fourth.
The last member of the Mets to throw a no-hitter was Johan Santana, who kept the Cardinals off the board on June 1, 2012. The Padres were last victims of a no-hitter on June 25, 2014 at the hands of the Giants’ Tim Lincecum.
We’ll keep you updated as Matz attempts to navigate the final three innings.
ESPN’s Jeff Passan reports that the Major League Baseball Players Association has submitted a proposal to the league concerning the 2020 season. The proposal includes a 114-game season with an end date on October 31, playoff expansion for two years, the right for players to opt out of the season, and a potential deferral of 2020 salaries if the postseason were to be canceled.
Passan clarifies that among the players who choose to opt out, only those that are considered “high risk” would still receive their salaries. The others would simply receive service time. The union also proposed that the players receive a non-refundable $100 million sum advance during what would essentially be Spring Training 2.
If the regular season were to begin in early July, as has often been mentioned as the target, that would give the league four months to cram in 114 games. There would have to be occasional double-headers, or the players would have to be okay with few off-days. Nothing has been mentioned about division realignment or a geographically-oriented schedule, but those could potentially ease some of the burden.
Last week, the owners made their proposal to the union, suggesting a “sliding scale” salary structure. The union did not like that suggestion. Players were very vocal about it, including on social media as Max Scherzer — one of eight players on the union’s executive subcommittee — made a public statement. The owners will soon respond to the union’s proposal. They almost certainly won’t be happy with many of the details, but the two sides can perhaps find a starting point and bridge the gap. As the calendar turns to June, time is running out for the two sides to hammer out an agreement on what a 2020 season will look like.