This afternoon, Andy MacPhail said it was a “definite possibility.” Then Matusz was pulled after just one inning in his start with the Bowie Baysox.
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Matusz began the day with seven wins and no losses and a 1.59 ERA in seven starts at Bowie. I expected him to make the leap to AAA when the Orioles promoted Chris Tillman last week. I was wrong.
He is ranked as the Orioles’ third best prospect, only behind Chris Tillman and Matt Wieters, who have already been promoted. President of Baseball Operations, Andy MacPhail, has said on several occassions that Matusz would not start this season, but the ineffectiveness of Rich Hill and injury of Brad Bergesen have changed circumstances for the O’s.
I’m no general manager, but promoting Matusz seems to go against the plan the Orioles have instilled since Andy MacPhail’s arrival in Baltimore.
I love what MacPhail has done with this organization, I respect his vision, and believe it will bring success. If Brian Matusz does start on Tuesday I hope that it is a part of MacPhail’s plan and that it isn’t due to a lack of performance from the O’s starting rotation. If the Orioles want to fill a spot in the rotation they can do so with any number of Norfolk’s starters. Chris Waters would fit that role perfectly. But, if MacPhail believes this is Matusz’s time, then I will sat back and watch as a fan and enjoy seeing the story unfold.
MacPhail gas given us no reason not to trust him, look at his history. However, Matusz would have his work cut out for him. Justin Verlander is slotted to start against the O’s on Tuesday.