Steven Matz is getting tattooed in his fourth spring start. Two home runs and a sharp double have the Nationals up, 5-0, after half an inning.
Matz threw 35 pitches. His spring ERA jumped from 5.19 to 9.31.
The carnage continues into the second inning. Matz is living in the middle of the plate. He gave up back-to-back homers to Anthony Rendon and Ryan Zimmerman to fall behind, 8-0.
Matz's Grapefruit League ERA: 11.32.
Pitchers on TV today and what to watch for:
Pineda: FB 94/95?
German: CH work, CB filthy?
Pivetta: FB up, SL/CB down
Matz: SL heavy?
Carrasco: Work it
Giolito: FB 93-95?
Hamels: Cutters/CH in-and-out
Kelly: FB/SL command
Musgrove: SL focus
Strahm: NOT ON TV AND I HATE EVERYTHING