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Dan Warthen compares Mets LHP Steven Matz to Clayton Kershaw

Mets LHP Steven Matz‘s stuff compares to Clayton Kershaw, “there is no doubt in my mind,” Mets pitching coach Dan Warthen told MetsBlog’s Robert Brender this past weekend in Los Angeles.

“I hate to make those comparisons, but I just did. It’s so easy, so explosive coming out of his hand. He’s exciting to me,” Warthen said.

In two starts with Single-A St. Lucie this season, Matz is 0-1 with a 3.27 ERA, during which he has struck out 11 batters in 11 innings.

Matz, a Mets fan from Stony Brook, was drafted in 2009 and immediately had his career thrown off track when he needed Tommy John surgery in 2010. He went 5-6 with a 2.62 ERA in 21 starts last summer.


Here is Brender’s full interview with Warthen, who also talks about Zack Wheeler, Jon Niese, how to choose bullpen roles, and talking with Jenrry Mejia about throwing his glove:




66 comments
Not4Nutten
Not4Nutten

Keep Warthen's  greasy hands off this kid, we have to cut Dan off like a Wart!!!!! 

GhostofCasey
GhostofCasey

I want to see Warthan walk out to the pitcher's mound, pass it, continue on to centerfield, hop the fence and never return to the Mets.

Kevin Powers
Kevin Powers

He just trying to drive up his trade value

cleonsvan
cleonsvan

Whenever Warthen goes to visit the pitcher on the mound, it usually ends up in an implosion.

Mario Caraballo
Mario Caraballo

anybody ever realizes that when we compare a met to a star they do not become nothing like the star they are being compared to? its just bad luck shut up!!

iamwilpon
iamwilpon

This comparison would be so much more believable if it came from a real pitching coach.

Muhammad Qureshi
Muhammad Qureshi

What, get the heck out of here Warthen.  If that's even remotely true, hey Sandy trade one or some of these young ass arms for some reliable hitters. 

dukewillie
dukewillie

Yeah, just like Mejia reminded Jerry Manuel of Mo Rivera, and now Matz reminds Warthen of Kershaw... Stop it Danny!  Maybe this is a good example of why Parcells had the gag order on his coaches and prohibited them from talking to the media, so I've heard say.

hankypanky
hankypanky

Could it be that Matz is being served up as trade-bait?

Chris Kujawa
Chris Kujawa

I guess Syndergaard must be close to a promotion. Time to turn our focus on Matz as the savior.

Albert E Lewis
Albert E Lewis

Well we might have an idea what Danny ''Big daddy''Warthen does in his spare time..this man can see the future!

Albert E Lewis
Albert E Lewis

Hey Danny boy says..Josh Edgin is the 2nd coming of Randy Myers!

Mr. Selfie
Mr. Selfie

Guys, relax! This only year 4 of Sandy's 35-year plan to win a championship.

Bill Vanwormer
Bill Vanwormer

now I know Warthan is on drugs and stop going to the mound with men on base, bad things happen before your ass is in the dugout.

Jav Marty
Jav Marty

He's just like him that the Mets will treat him the Mets way. Waste him in the minors.

eric88
eric88

Is see Dan Wharten a as another Lou Costello

metsjetsdu
metsjetsdu

Any time a coach compares an A ball player to a hall of famer ( Kershaw will be one) he should be let go. What is there to gain by saying that ?

Macacawitz
Macacawitz

Warthen's a genius.  He sees things that other's don't.  Fortunately they have meds for that. 

xplr
xplr

Yeah, and Ruben Tejada reminds me of Derek Jeter......when he is sitting on the bench.

nolrog
nolrog

Kershaw?  Seriously?

Ron Davis
Ron Davis

this guy is a idiot can we get rid of Teflon anytime soon. i do not know what Matz will be but does this guy need to talk about a kid that hopefully he will not be his pitching coach for. shut up Teflon Dan

Andrew Sodergren
Andrew Sodergren

I read a more likely comparison of Jeremy Affeldt in a scouting report somewhere. If he turns out to be a solid top to mid rotation starter, great, but I'd also be happy with a quality lefty power arm in the pen as well. Don't see a Clayton Kershaw. Heck, let's see him stay healthy for more than a year before we start penciling him in to future rotations.

ken1010
ken1010

I guess Cerrone was really mad at Warthan or else he would have sat on this story, and not published it and made Warthan look like a fool.  

ny12jets
ny12jets

And meanwhile we need a dominant lefty in the bullpen.  Maybe Metz is that guy.  If he's Clayton Kershaw bring him up.   Or...... Stop speaking.

metsab
metsab

So when does he get traded for Victor Zambrano?

Jeff Ordon
Jeff Ordon

And with that... Tommy John surgery coming up..

Andrew Garber
Andrew Garber

This is why this entire organization needs to GO. you can't just keep saying it and hoping it will come true!!!!

BringBackDaveTelghe
BringBackDaveTelghe

Ha.  Who knows....but the scouts / analysts don't think he becomes anything with his current armslot.

paqza
paqza

@iamwilpon  Hilarious. Guess you've never heard of Matt Harvey, who was considered "Pelfrey without the splitter" until Warthen taught him the best slider in baseball.

paqza
paqza

@metsjetsdu  Kershaw's out indefinitely right now. He needs to pitch again before being pencilled into your ballot.

Chris Kujawa
Chris Kujawa

@metsjetsdu I had a whole long post explaining in detail why Kershaw based on 5 good seasons is not a hall of famer yet but all I needed to say was two words Tim Lincecum.

RockMarz
RockMarz

He is? Anything your magic ball can tell us?though I agree he's nuts to compare him.

xplr
xplr

@nolrog  We are also going to win 90 games this year.