Braves starter Mike Soroka made his big league debut at the beginning of May and he was excellent. Then he struggled for two starts and went on the disabled list due to a sore shoulder.
Nine days ago, in his first start back after being reactivated, he was excellent again, taking a no-hitter into the seventh inning against the Mets. In his last start he struggled and saw his velocity dip. Now the cycle continues:
I’m pretty good at those tests where they make you spot patterns, so I’m gonna guess that he gets reactivated again soon, has one good start and then IMMEDIATELY goes back on the disabled list. Your classic 3-2-1 tightening-spiral situation. Can’t get a thing by me.
Soroka is 20 and he has great stuff and great promise, but at this point you have to figure the Braves are going to approach this with a ton of caution and keep him out of action for a while.
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.