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Is New Zealand Cricketer Mitchell Santner Actually New York Mets Pitcher Steven Matz?

Have you ever seen them in the same room? Exactly.

by Ben Stanley
30 March 2017, 7:29pm

Side-by-side images of Steven Matz and Mitchell Santner. Or is that Mitchell Santner and Steven Matz? Photo credits: Youtube.

Mitchell Santner is an all-rounder for the New Zealand national cricket team. Steven Matz is a pitcher for the New York Mets. Both are 25, and left-armers.

Important question: have you ever seen them in the same room? Answer: No. Isn't that spooky?

After careful, and complicated, facial recognition analysis, VICE Sports AUNZ believes that the two may actually be the same person. They share the same boyish looks, sport the same haircut and have the same hazel-brown eyes. Again, we ask, have you seen them in the same room together?

Kiwi all-rounder Mitchell Santner collecting three wickets in a test against India last year. Source: Youtube.

Since making his test debut for New Zealand in late November 2015, Santer (is that Matz?) has played in 14 tests for the Black Caps, taking 30 wickets at 39.70. Batting down the order, Santner, or Matz, has notched up 427 runs at 25.11.

A left-arm middle overs spin specialist, he's performed better in the shorter forms of the game - with 20 wickets at a sensational 16.35 in international Twenty20 cricket.

While battling through injuries over recent tears, Matz, I mean Santner, has built a reputation as one of the brightest young pitchers in Major League Baseball. Though currently out with an elbow issue, the New York Mets pitcher has compiled 168.0 innings over the last two seasons with 163 strikeouts, an ERA of 3.16 and an overall record of 16-10.

A VICE Sports mini-documnetary on Steven Matz from last year. Source: Youtube.

Santner, or is that Matz, is from Hamilton, New Zealand. Matz, do you mean Santner, is from Long Island, New York. Hmm, convenient.

Again, I ask, have you seen them both in the same room? Exactly.

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