Brian Matusz is as smooth as Mozart in Orioles
Baltimore Orioles starting pitcher Brian Matusz throws in the second inning of a spring training exhibition baseball game against the Minnesota Twins, Wednesday, March 13, 2013, in Fort Myers, Fla. (AP Photo/David Goldman)
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ANAHEIM Just down Katella Avenue from the happiest place on earth sits Brian Matusz, in its unlikeliest place: the Orioles’ bullpen at Angel Stadium.
"When you get drafted you assume everything is going to fit into place
cheap ray ban outlet and go well,” said Matusz, the former University of San Diego All American. "But that is just not how it is in Major Leagues.”
Matusz knows. The No. 4 overall pick in 2008, he’s rode a baseball roller coaster that makes the creaky wooden one at Belmont Park look pedestrian.
He’s gone from starter in Baltimore, to reliever in Triple A Norfolk, to reliever again in Baltimore and that was just last year.
It’s a topsy turvy journey, after the usual minor league bus trips, and where are the those Tums again?
"It’s been a fun ride,” Matusz countered. "It’s been a good opportunity to pitch in the bullpen, to learn and be a different part of the game.”
Different? Before morphing into Baltimore’s set up stud, the left handed Matusz had one relief appearance at USD and another in a Futures Game.
"Other than that,” he said, "I hadn’t done it in my life."
Could have fooled us, much like he’s yanking the wool over hitters’ eyes. He entered Friday’s game against the Angels retiring 11 of the
cheap ray bans first 12 batters he’s faced this year.
discount ray bans getting back to where he was 2010,” said Jim Palmer, the Hall of Fame pitcher and an Orioles broadcaster. "He’s back to where his stuff is good enough to start.”
Matusz was a Rogers Clemens Award finalist at USD, nearly taking coach Rich Hill’s squad to the top of the rankings. He left Linda Vista in 2008 and two years later had a clear view from the Orioles’ rotation.
Maybe he wasn’t a rockin’ robin but he was one productive bird; went 10 12 in 2010 and was the American League’s top rookie in August.
But 2011 was a step back, as he spent time in the minors and ended the year with the Majors’ longest losing streak at nine games.
Cloud Nine? Not here.
"Everyone has gone through their struggles,” Matusz, 26, said.
Last year didn’t go much better as a starting Matusz went 5 10 with a 5.42 ERA. That punched Matusz’s mid summer ticket for Norfolk and a new path to stay in the Majors.
"I wasn’t pitching well and I wasn’t helping the team win,” he said of the demotion. "You need five starters out there winning ball
discount ray bans games, having competitive outings, and I wasn’t getting the job done at the time and it was frustrating. But it’s in the past now.”
Ditto his stint as a starter. When sent to Norfolk last July, he was pointed toward a late inning spot.
Matusz landed in the bullpen in the Commonwealth of Virginia for the common good of the surging Orioles.
"You either go down and feel sorry for yourself or you work hard and come back,” Palmer said. "He went down there and embraced it as a good thing and he was one of the reasons we had a great September and got into the playoffs.”Articles Connexes：