On Tuesday, the St. Louis Cardinals continued an ugly trend.
Once again, their starting pitcher was unable to record a quality start.
Steven Matz was on the mound for St. Louis as they looked to even up their three-game series with the Atlanta Braves.
While he pitched into the sixth inning, he still allowed four runs, three of which came on home runs by Austin Riley and Orlando Arcia.
St. Louis lost by a final of 4-1 and ultimately dropped the series.
After the game, Matz gave a blunt assessment of his outing and discussed what went wrong in his 2023 season debut.
Steven Matz on his season debut: "A couple of home runs really hurt me. Willson called a good game there. I shook him off twice, and those were the two homers. I look back and kick myself about that." #STLCards pic.twitter.com/hpSruVpiEO
— Bally Sports Midwest (@BallySportsMW) April 5, 2023
Matz was quite brutally honest about his performance and went as far as to say that he “made some bad pitches.”
What he seemed to regret most were the pitches he made to Riley and Arcia that ended up leaving the ballpark.
He credited catcher Willson Contreras for calling a good game, but frustrated with himself for shaking off his catcher.
Each time he did that, Atlanta hit home runs.
More specifically, he was upset about the location of his pitch to Riley, which he said was out over the middle and essentially served to him on a platter.
He echoed those sentiments when talking about the pitch to Arcia.
However, Matz did point out a silver lining, that some of the hits Atlanta picked up against him weren’t too hard and that he only walked one batter.
The Cardinals will look to avoid a sweep on Wednesday with Miles Mikolas on the hill.NEXT: Tyler O'Neill Had A Dispute With His Manager On Tuesday