This is the fourth article of my weekly series "What People Are Saying about the Baltimore Orioles."
This week, all the rage is revolving around the potential call up of top pitching prospect Brian Matusz for this coming Tuesday's start against the Detroit Tigers. Let's see what people are saying about the Birds.
- MASNsports.com's Roch Kubatko reports that there is a good chance Matusz will be called up on Tuesday:
"I've been given a very strong indication that Matusz is coming up, so I'm running with it. He began the day 7-0 with a 1.59 ERA in seven starts with the Baysox, with 30 hits allowed, 10 walks and 45 strikeouts in 45 1/3 innings. Opponents were batting .188 against him."
- Also from MASNsports.com, Steve Melewski gives a thumbs up for a Matusz promotion:
"I don't have a vote, but in this blog I do. I sign off big time on that move.
And, it's not just because I've seen him pitch three or four times in person this year and his stuff has looked great. It's because his maturity and poise appear off the charts as well.
Matusz can handle it. Plus, his pitches sure look Major League quality."
Dan Connolly of the Baltimore Sun writes that there is a "strong possibility" we see Matusz next week:
"But it is now, according to MacPhail, "a strong possibility" that the Orioles will scrap their original timeline and promote last year's top draft pick, left-hander Brian Matusz, to pitch Tuesday in Detroit.
No decision has been officially made, but Matusz, 22, was pulled after pitching one inning for Double-A Bowie in the front end of Saturday's doubleheader at New Britain (Conn.). When asked if that meant Matusz would definitely pitch Tuesday for the Orioles, MacPhail added, "It's a 'We are keeping open our options,' but, yes, that is a strong possibility."
Zach Wilt of BaltimoreSportsReport.com weighs in on the Matusz callup:
"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.
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."
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.
Bleacher Report's Allen Pope gives his thoughts on the decision to call up the 22-year old southpaw:
"This consideration to call-up Matusz so soon comes as a surprise. When questioned this year about his elite prospect, team president Andy McPhail had said that he would not see action in the big leagues this season. However, today he said it's a "strong possibility" that he would be considered to be promoted in place of Bergesen."