Two recent Orioles news items caught my eyes, both involving prospect and likely #3 starter Brian Matusz…
A little more than a week ago, local writers reported that the Orioles had Matusz pitching a simulated game to get some extra time in. Pitching coach Rick Kranitz, who was overseeing the session, had to add add outs to the later innings of the game. One of the goals of the simulation was to have Matusz throw upwards of 20 pitches in an inning, so that he could get the feel for throwing that much. But through his first several innings he was escaping too often with a pitch count under 15.
More recently, Matusz pitched seven innings in a minor league game – again to get a bit more time in and, according to the Orioles, to work on his motion with runners on. The move again backfired. According to Yahoo, Matusz allowed just one runner over his seven innings.
Can’t he start Opening Day?