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Jonathan Trumpbour Matlack was born on January 19, 1950 in West Chester, Pennsylvania. The tall six foot three, left hander, was one of eight children to Ralph Russell & Marcella Trumpbour Matlack. His middle name, is a tribute his mothers maiden name, honoring the family's Dutch ancestry that dates back to Saugerties, New York in the 1700's. He was another good pitching prospect developed by the Mets in the late 1960s, early 1970s period. #1 Draft Pick: He was the Mets number-one selection, in the June 1967 draft, the fourth pick overall. The Mets didn’t rush him; he was brought up slowly because the Mets were loaded with good pitching in those days. This certainly helped his development along the way as he posted three straight winning seasons with double figures at the AAA level. In 1969 as the Amazing Mets were winning the World Series, Jon Matlack was going 14-7 at AAA Tidewater. He followed up in 1970 with a 12-11 season striking out 146 batters in 183 innings.
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After the Pennant: In 1974 Jon Matlack began the year with a 9-2 win in Philadelphia, as he allowed just one run, pitching into the 8th inning with seven strike outs. In his next start he struck out ten Phillies at Shea Stadium, but earned no decision, in a 2-1 Mets loss. On April 23rd, he was roughed up in San Diego. allowing 4 runs in 3.2 innings, taking a loss. Jon then won four straight games, first on that West Coast road trip, he shut out the Giants on a four hitter, lowering his ERA under two at 1.98. Back at Shea on May 4th, he beat Randy Jones & the Padres to get to 3-1. On May 8th, he pitched a complete game win over the Giants, allowing two run on just four hits, while striking out a season high 12 batters. On May 18th, he threw another four hit shut out, this one against Steve Rogers & the Montreal Expos, as he struck out nine. His ERA wa back under two at 1.89. He lost his next four decisions & got two no decisions, mostly due to lack of run support