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Steven Matz also can hit the ball pretty well

Steven Matz of the New York Mets warms

Steven Matz of the New York Mets warms up before a game against the Cincinnati Reds at Citi Field on Saturday, June 27, 2015. Photo Credit: Jim McIsaac

To help their ailing offense, the Mets on Sunday will add a .300 hitter to the lineup: Steven Matz.

Matz was 7-for-23 (.304) with Triple-A Las Vegas this season with three RBIs. He had been hitless in nine previous career at-bats, all in 2014. "I know he's a pretty good offensive player for a pitcher," manager Terry Collins said of the Long Island lefthander, who is a righthanded hitter. "That's one of the phases that I'm not overly concerned about. I hope he gets some opportunities to help us offensively because we could use another bat in our lineup, for sure."

Matz will likely bat eighth against Reds righthander Josh Smith.


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