Matusz impressive in 4th outing
Orioles starter Brian Matusz struck out eight batters and allowed one run — Matt Tolbert’s third-inning homer — over 4 2/3 innings.
Matusz threw 54 of 80 pitches for strikes, scattering six hits, and didn’t issue a walk in his fourth spring outing. He allowed the Twins leadoff man on once, in the second, but got back-to-back strikeouts of Brian Dinkelman and Jason Repko. Following Steve Holm’s two-out double, Matusz got No. 9 batter Trevor Plouffe on an infield pop-up.
In 12 1/3 spring innings, Matusz has 13 strikeouts and he said afterwards that Friday’s outing was the best he’s felt all spring. Here’s the rest of what he had to say….
[on his outing]
“I had a good rhythm and a good delivery. And that’s the ultimate goal to get in that rhythm so you’re ready for the season. Today was the first time out there I really had that this spring and it felt good. It felt really good. I was throwing all my pitches, it’s the best my changeup’s been in a while. I threw a couple good sliders.”
“The only play I could think of that I wish I could have back was that bunt [in the first inning]. I kind of slipped off the mound, didn’t get a good jump on it. Those are the things you work on pfp all the time out there on the other fields and it happens in the game you got to react right away. I had a bad jump, slipped a little bit.”
[on seeing results in his pitching line]
“It’s huge. It’s confidence. It’s everything. I’m right on track. I’m working hard, I’m trying to get my delivery back towards having a good groove. I don’t believe I walked a guy, and that’s important too. I got to a couple three-ball counts and I was able to just make pitches. And not give out free passes. It’s huge. I’m finally getting in a groove.”
[on his mechanical adjustments coming together]
“It felt natural today because everything was working together. I had that good flow, that consistent groove to where I’m not yanking or jerking my body or anything like that. So that’s the ultimate goal. To get in that groove where you feel it on every pitch and it’s consistent. I feel like I made huge strides in these last few days to get there.”
[on OD being close]
“It’s time to really get in that groove and feel it and start stepping it up a little bit. Take that next level. It’s nice to have that outing today. And it doesn’t stop here, it’s going to continue every day. Just got to keep working, understanding that feel and keep it going. Keep it going.”