Everyone on the Orioles was pulling big-time for Brian Matusz last night at Camden Yards. Why wouldn't they? He's a good kid who struggled through a horrendous (1-9, 10.69 ERA) 2011 season. And the big lefty is being counted on heavily -- again -- this season as the Orioles try to avoid another year of being cannon fodder for the rest of the AL East. But in his season debut last night against the powerful lineup of the New York Yankees, Matusz looked an awful lot like the Brian Matusz of last year. He looked nervous, for one thing. Maybe you can blame this on first-outing jitters. Or the fact the Yankees have done so well against him in the past. But he came out over-throwing, something MASN broadcaster Jim Palmer picked up on right away. As a result, he was leaving the ball up and getting behind in the count from the very beginning.
Matusz's rough outing just ratchets up the pressure on him
Baltimore Sun | Apr 10