Do you know what would be awesome? If Brian Matusz turned out to be related to 1970s NFL player and semi-famous 1980s actor John “Tooz” Matuszak (Caveman with Ringo Starr and Olivia Newton-John!). What, you don’t remember Tooz? Oh, man, you really missed out. I’m kind of surprised to learn that he isn’t that Ogre guy from Revenge Of The Nerds. No matter, I guess I should probably stick to writing about Brian Matusz.
Last night, the 25-year-old southpaw played a key roll in the Orioles 3-2 victory over the Yankees. Matusz had a bit of a shaky beginning to his appearance, but when he came back out for the eight he got three straight outs after giving up a single. It was a big moment for Matusz, who after being a hot prospect and showing some promise as a starter in 2010, had his pumpkin turn into an unmitigated disaster in 2011. This discouraging trend carried through to this season, until he was transitioned to the bullpen near the end of the regular season by manager Buck Showalter.
In his new role with team, Matusz has pitched very well, and after last night, he obviously looks like a savvy inclusion on the Orioles’ post season roster.