Matusz continues to generate buzz
Brian Matusz has posted quality starts in each of his last two outings, going 1-0 with a 4.38 ERA in that time. He gave up his first home run of the season to Jason Varitek in the fifth inning of Saturday’s game, but again showed why he is an early candidate for Rookie of the Year. Red Sox manager Terry Francona raved about Matusz pitching older than his years and showed him some respect by shuffling the lineup to feature just one left-handed hitter. It seems every time he pitches, the opposing team raves about him.
Here are some of the Red Sox thoughts after seeing Matusz for the first time in a regular season game:
“The way the game was going, Matusz was doing what we hoped he wouldn’t do, throwing his changeup, keeping it down, mixing speeds, getting us to hit ground balls.”
“He’s a pitcher. He was locating everything he threw and really impressed me. He was as good as we heard he was. You don’t see many rookies who can really pitch like that.”
“Their starter wasn’t giving us much. Getting him out in the seventh inning was big for us.”