Brian Matusz is Good at Baseball
The above was posted on Twitter by Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports (and formerly of the Baltimore Sun) this morning after Matusz made his 2010 debut yesterday afternoon.
Matusz struck out four in an inning and 1/3 (that’s all four outs for those of you keeping score at home), but allowed a home run on his final pitch. Of his 36 pitches, 28 were strikes. If you’re thinking “36 pitches is a lot for 1.1 innings,” you’d be right, but there is a caveat. Thirteen of those pitches were against Evan Longoria (no slouch), and Matusz’s comments later reflected that the pitcher seemed to be simply taking full advantage of the opportunity to get in some extra work against one of the best hitters in MLB. Brian admitted that he would have done things differently in a “real” game.
I think in a different situation I might have mixed in a breaking ball or something like that. It probably would have been different in the regular season, but I continued to pound it hard with the fastball in and he was able to keep fouling, keep fouling, and I didn’t want to go off that path because he wasn’t able to get extended on it and I wanted to continue working on throwing fastballs in.