Mets lefty Matz working on a pickoff move, seeing results

PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. (AP) Knowing he needed to improve some of the finer points, Mets pitcher Steven Matz didn't balk. Instead, the New York lefty came to spring training camp willing to put in the time, and the results already are showing. Matz is trying to speed up his pickoff move to first base, and has developed a faster, slicker motion he likes. ''I think it's just repetition. The more you feel comfortable with it then the more confident you are,'' Matz said after his third spring start on Friday. Tommy Pham of the Cardinals fell victim to Matz's move in the third inning after drawing a four-pitch walk. Pham took off toward second on Matz's first movement, but the pitcher was throwing to the base, not the plate. ''I actually wasn't even reading (him) there and just saw that he was getting a big secondary, kind of timing me up. I knew I was going to first,'' said Matz, who has only one balk in 34 career starts with the Mets. ''I think guys will start running on me, and the more repetition I get th
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