Is Brian Matusz The Favorite For The Orioles’ Fifth Rotation Spot?

Boy oh boy did Brian Matusz look good in Fort Myers last night. The Orioles lefty didn’t allow a hit in his four innings of work, he struck out seven and walked one.

It was Matusz’s second start this spring in his fourth game. He’s thrown 10 innings, allowed 6 hits, 3 earned runs, 2 walks and 11 strikeouts for a pretty 2.70 ERA.

After his success in the bullpen last season, many expected Matusz to lose the fifth starter’s job to Zach Britton this spring and return to relief. I’ve always believed he should get at least one more crack at pitching in the rotation. Apparently, Buck Showalter agrees with my thoughts — at least that’s what he told MASNSports.com’s Roch Kubatko.

Matusz is “still in the mix” for the fifth starter’s job, Showalter said. The left-hander also could return to the bullpen.

“We’ve got plenty of time and we’ll continue to look at all of our options,” Showalter said. “Brian’s had success as a starter, too, just didn’t have as much as he’s capable of last year. We feel like he’s capable of doing both.”

Split W L ERA G GS IP H R ER HR BB SO WHIP SO/9
as Starter 5 10 5.42 16 16 84.2 107 59 51 14 38 62 1.713 6.6
as Reliever 1 0 1.35 18 0 13.1 5 2 2 1 3 19 0.600 12.8
Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Original Table
Generated 3/14/2013.

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2 Comments

  1. MGW

    March 17, 2013 at 9:50 am

    Just got back from Spring Training where I saw Arietta hit 97 on he radar gun and dominate the “mighty” Blue Jays and their 2012 Miami Marlins lineup. And saw Zach Britton 1 hit the Red Sox. This pitching could finally be coming around.

  2. 9inchnails

    March 18, 2013 at 12:31 pm

    Just got back from Spring Training where I saw Arietta hit 97 on he radar gun and dominate the “mighty” Blue Jays and their 2012 Miami Marlins lineup. And saw Zach Britton 1 hit the Red Sox. This pitching could finally be coming around… I must be dreaming all of this!