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Brian Matusz no longer looking like the worst pitcher ever

Mar 15, 2012, 6:05 PM EDT

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When last we saw Orioles hurler Brian Matusz, he was setting a major league record. A bad one. He ended last year with a 10.69 ERA in 49 2/3 innings, the highest ERA ever for a pitcher to throw at least 40 innings.

Matusz, though, appears to have shaken off that disaster. He was terrific against Tigers regulars on Thursday, striking out six in four scoreless innings. While he gave up three runs in his spring debut, he’s pitched eight shutout innings since, and he has a 13/0 K/BB ratio in 10 innings overall.

Even better news is that Matusz is back throwing in the low-90s after averaging just 88 mph with his fastball last year.

It suggests a bounce-back season is on the way for the former No. 4 overall pick in the draft. It was expected that Matusz would have to go to Triple-A at the start of the season and work his way back to the majors from there, but now it looks like a rotation spot is very much within reach. He still has the highest ceiling of any Orioles pitcher.

  1. randomdigits - Mar 15, 2012 at 6:14 PM

    1- Bundy has a higher ceiling.

    2- You guys should do a writeup of the work Brady did with a group of young O’s pitchers this offseason. Tillman, for example, is also looking very strong after working with Brady.

  2. ravensoriolesterps - Mar 15, 2012 at 6:45 PM

    It is great to see Brady involved. If the O’s reach .500 this year give him a lot of the credit.

  3. bmorelikeme - Mar 16, 2012 at 9:37 AM

    If Matusz can return to the form he had down the stretch of the 2010 season, maybe some of my optimism I had at the start of the 2011 season will return too.

    This O’s rotation has alot of youth and potential. Last year was a disaster in total, but the youth/talent is still there. Tillman, Arrieta, Matusz, Britton were all highly touted in the minors and are still in their mid/young 20’s.

  4. tmohr - Mar 16, 2012 at 10:32 AM

    Looks as if he has a future with the Rockettes if this baseball gig doesn’t pan out.

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