Monday marked yet another poignant reminder of the precarious state of the St. Louis Cardinals’ starting rotation.
Left-hander Steven Matz drew the start against the Colorado Rockies and pitched into the sixth inning, but allowed six runs.
The team fell by a final of 7-4 and dropped to 3-7 on the year, which sank them to the bottom of the National League.
After the game, Matz was kicking himself over another disappointing outing and the fact that he was unable to deliver when the Cardinals needed him the most.
On Twitter, Bally Sports Midwest posted a video clip of Matz’s postgame interview.
Matz after the #STLCards' loss to the Rockies: "I'm really kicking myself about that last curveball that I left up. I was ahead in the count — gave them a chance, otherwise we were staying right in the ballgame there." pic.twitter.com/F07RG2eM7p
— Bally Sports Midwest (@BallySportsMW) April 11, 2023
Matz expressed his frustration over the fact that he allowed nine hits, many of which were singles.
The veteran left-hander said he felt like he made some good pitches, but that there was one pitch in particular he regretted.
That pitch was the last curveball he threw in the bottom of the sixth to Alan Trejo.
Matz said that he was frustrated with himself for leaving the ball up and expressed disappointment with the fact that he was ahead in the count at the time and was still unable to put away Trejo.
He then made a very blunt statement, saying that if he executed that pitch differently, the Cardinals would have had a better chance to come back and win the game.
With his second loss in as many starts, Matz’s ERA increased to 8.18 on the season.
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