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Terrible in the rotation and excellent in the bullpen, Brian Matusz still wants to start

Aug 26, 2013, 12:46 PM EDT

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After going 21-33 with a 5.51 ERA in 68 career starts Brian Matusz shifted to the bullpen in the middle of last season and has fared very well as a reliever, throwing 57 innings with a 2.84 ERA, 57/17 K/BB ratio, and .202 opponents’ batting average.

However, the 26-year-old left-hander told Rich Dubroff of CSNBaltimore.com that he still hopes to be a starter again for the Orioles, perhaps as soon as next season:

Hopefully. I would like to be given a chance to earn a spot, but my focus right now to win ballgames and make the postseason. That’s something that will be discussed at the end of the season, but ultimately, I’d like to be able to start at some point.

It’s hard to imagine the Orioles feel the same way, although when asked by Dubroff manager Buck Showalter said that Matusz “still possibly has a future as a starter.”

  1. bobwsc - Aug 26, 2013 at 12:57 PM

    see Bard, Daniel.

    • dlhouse18 - Aug 26, 2013 at 2:14 PM

      see Perkins, Glen

  2. ncm42 - Aug 26, 2013 at 1:15 PM

    What was with Miguel Gonzalez coming on in the 9th last night? Is he losing his spot in the rotation? If so, what gives? He’s at least better than Feldman.

    • scoutsaysweitersisabust - Aug 26, 2013 at 1:26 PM

      It was his side session day. They just let him throw real pitches instead. They do that on occasion. Nothing to worry about there, he’s one of the few reliable starters they have, he’s not going anywhere.

  3. nolasoxfan2012 - Aug 26, 2013 at 1:25 PM

    Starting pitchers make more than twice as much on average as relief pitchers. On average, SPs also get longer deals. Straightforward economics.

  4. scoutsaysweitersisabust - Aug 26, 2013 at 1:29 PM

    He said the same thing last year, and nothing came of it. I’d love for him to become a productive starting pitcher. All that promise and hype when he was drafted and then finally called up. Seems like such a waste.

    • psuorioles - Aug 26, 2013 at 3:39 PM

      He was given a “shot” in Spring Training and from what I remember he threw the best among the players fighting for the last rotation spot… Buck and company had it predetermined Matusz would be in the pen… I’d love to see him get a true shot at becoming a starter again…

  5. dowhatifeellike - Aug 26, 2013 at 1:39 PM

    Not everyone is starter material. Jim Johnson was competing for a spot in the rotation a few years ago but he just couldn’t hack it. I think Matusz is in the same boat.

    The O’s have enough below-average starters in the system already. There’s no need to weaken the bullpen to run another one out there.

  6. Francisco (FC) - Aug 26, 2013 at 2:54 PM

    It’s hard to imagine the Orioles feel the same way, although when asked by Dubroff manager Buck Showalter said that Matusz “still possibly has a future as a starter.”

    .. in a J.J. Abrams Film.

    • dcarroll73 - Aug 27, 2013 at 12:07 AM

      Titled _Brian Matusz: Out of Darkness_ maybe? (Which begs the pedantic question, why is ‘into’ one word and ‘out of’ are two? I’m guessing it’s a Latin thing about ‘in’ taking an accusative or an ablative, but I digress.)

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