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Brian Matusz is “angry and frustrated” after latest loss

Apr 16, 2012, 1:50 PM EDT

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There was a lot of optimism surrounding Brian Matusz based on his strong spring training, but unfortunately so far he’s looked more or less like the guy who posted a historically awful 10.68 ERA last season.

Matsuz threw 25 innings with a 3.65 ERA and 22/3 K/BB ratio during spring training, but through two regular season starts he’s allowed nine runs in 9.2 innings with more walks (8) than strikeouts (5).

If there’s any good news to be found within that performance it’s that Matusz’s average fastball velocity is 90.6 miles per hour compared to 88.0 mph last season, but Brittany Ghiroli of MLB.com reports that the 25-year-old left-hander “was about as angry and frustrated as I’ve ever seen him” following yesterday’s loss to Toronto.

Matusz logged 176 innings with a 4.30 ERA and 143/63 K/BB ratio as a 23-year-old rookie in 2009 and the former No. 4 overall pick looked like a long-term building block for the Orioles, but since then he’s 1-11 with a 10.31 ERA and has allowed a startling 69 runs–including 20 homers–in 59 innings.

  1. dowhatifeellike - Apr 16, 2012 at 1:55 PM

    He couldn’t locate his fastball. His curve was excellent but you have to be able to throw your fastball for strikes.

    He was charged with 5 runs but I pin 2 of them on Kevin Gregg. Gregg entered the game with 2 on and 2 outs and let the next 6 batters reach base.

    • baseballisboring - Apr 16, 2012 at 4:09 PM

      Maybe he needs to rebuild his confidence in his fastball? When it dropped to 88 last year he was basically throwing batting practice, so I’d imagine he was probably trying to locate more than he really could. Maybe he fell into that habit too much and just needs to get back to doing what he was doing before, I mean 2.6 mph is a pretty substantial difference. The fact that his velocity is back is a really, really good sign… I’m optimistic. But who knows, maybe he’ll just go Rick Ankiel on us.

      • dowhatifeellike - Apr 16, 2012 at 4:17 PM

        He looked pretty good in the spring but it did seem like he was pressing last time out. He was overthrowing early but was fatigued at the end and started opening up his front shoulder. I’m really hoping it was just a “didn’t have it today” situation. He was “around the zone” for the most part, but the problem was that he couldn’t get it over early in the count, and then when he fell behind he couldn’t get it over then either.

    • proudlycanadian - Apr 16, 2012 at 5:52 PM

      Matuz was fine. He has a right to be frustrated by the bonfire started by Kevin Gregg who followed him in the game.

  2. cur68 - Apr 16, 2012 at 2:21 PM

    Matusz was good all day for the Orioles yesterday. He pitched well. In fact, if he’d been left in, instead of bringing Kevin “Hitting Slump Cure” Gregg, he’d have likely worked out of it. I think that’s more what has him frustrated and angry.

    • jimbo1949 - Apr 16, 2012 at 4:20 PM

      Hitting Slump Cure™ or Slumpbuster(generic)?

      • cur68 - Apr 16, 2012 at 4:30 PM

        Brand name all the way, baby. That generic stuff’s for peons.

    • proudlycanadian - Apr 16, 2012 at 5:51 PM

      Agreed! I was impressed by Matuz yesterday. As far as Gregg is concerned, the more the Jays face him, the better.

  3. steviep23 - Apr 16, 2012 at 3:32 PM

    Yeah Gregg has got to go. He’s the worst.

  4. missthemexpos - Apr 16, 2012 at 3:45 PM

    A post yesterday mentioned that the Orioles were trying to showcase Kevin (HSC) Gregg, maybe being able to trade off some of his salary later in the season. Well as the old saying goes “Fish or cut bait”, I think Baltimore should seriously think about giving Gregg his outright release, luckily the Orioles only gave out a two year contract.

    • dowhatifeellike - Apr 16, 2012 at 4:09 PM

      They’ll think about it but they won’t do it. Angelos hates admitting mistakes. If it weren’t for his huge salary he wouldn’t have made the team out of camp to begin with.

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