10 St. Louis Cardinals studs and duds from May
By Josh Jacobs
Dud: Steven Matz
May Stats (19.2 IP): 1-2 W-L, 5.95 ERA, 1.12 WHIP, 21 SO
After signing a lucrative contract with the Cardinals this offseason, Steven Matz has had a shaky beginning to his career in St. Louis, and his month ended with a trip to the IL after a shoulder injury against the Pirates.
Matz was supposed to be a stabilizing, middle of the rotation, innings eater for the club this season. Matz did fit some of the bill this month, with 3 of his 5 starts resulting in 5+ inning outings allowing 3 or less runs. But his other two starts, where he went out with injury pitching to the first batter, and giving up 8 runs in 2 innings on May 7th, were disastrous showings.
The club will have to hope that his stint on the IL will be short and he can come back to turn in consistent outings for the rotation. The strain injuries like his puts on the club are what the club wanted to avoid with this signing, but unfortunately for Matz and St. Louis, this is the position they find themselves in.